Pera City Suites
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... that he captured our imagination with his descriptions of how it was all those years ago. It's mind-boggling to think that people have lived in this place for 4,500 years, and were smart enough to build relatively earthquake-proof walls and dwellings.
There is still much of the area that hasn't been excavated. Huseyin told us about the German, Heinrich Schliemann, a treasure-hunter who was determined to find the cache ...
... The men outside the restaurants tried so hard to get you to eat there that it verged on the border of harassment. Actually no, it was harassment. At one point someone said "pretty girls" and as we glared at him he shrugged his shoulders and said "what, I said pretty!" See that's the problem, they don't understand that it's not what you say, or how they even say it, it's that they say it at all. This is my opinion: no one has the right to comment on ...
... the queues long, and it took a bit of creative problem solving to avoid interacting with the the teeming Turks solely while waiting along with them.
Our first stop was the Topkapi Palace, home of the Sultans that ruled the Ottoman Empire from 1453 until the close of World War I in 1918. Our English-language audio guide to the palace continued to refer to the Eunuchs who ran the Harem. There was even a tableau depicting the Eunuch.
... and seeing the confluence of the Bosphoros and the Black Sea, after which we dined on local Black Sea sea bass at a local seafood restaurant; and visiting the Spice Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, and the Chora church.
On Monday morning we headed back to the airport and boarded a short flight to Izmir (ancient Smyrna), and then caught the local train bound for Selcuk (ancient Ephesos). I was really excited to be able to see Ephesos twice in one trip, and it was fun to be ...
... on our previous holiday in Turkey. Wandering a few hundred metres up the hill we realised that we were anything but alone. Right there were Ayasofia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. While we were down a quiet little street, just up the road the tour buses were arriving by the dozens. We decided to make the Underground Cistern our first stop. This amazing cavern which served as Istanbul's water supply several centuries ago is well worth ...