Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah
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... of the apartment block for $150 a night.
We are in an expensive area though and the steak restaurant we went to the first night extracted NZD220 from us- mostly because we didn't ask how much anything cost - for the record Steve's cheap sparkling wine was NZD25 a glass, you can buy the whole bottle from a wine shop for NZD10.
After dinner we went to a really nice bar "Le Petit Masion" with branches in Nice and London. Here ...
... Turkish coffee shop - you could almost stand the spoon up in the coffee so thick and strong! Lots of lovely shops selling textiles, gold jewellery and knock off. Leather goods - great fun - Ros managed to buy a scarf - no surprises there! Back at the hotel now for a rest, a reorganisation of t he suitcase before going out for dinner. Off to Gallipoli ...
... along the way! We finished with a visit to the spice market and came away with some tea, candies and Turkish delight.
Yesterday we planned to visit Topkapi Palace. It was ridiculously crowded so we opted for a quick tour of the carpet museum and the sultans tombs. We finished off our day with a tour of Hagia Sofia. This is definitely one of our favorite places in the world. Emperor Justinian built this church in five years, from 532 - 537. It ...
... in 'Turkish time' here it seems! So we went back to the waiting room for a bit, then got called down just before 9 and got on our 12-hour overnight bus, destination: Göreme! It was a terrible journey. We were already really tired, but they didn't turn the lights off until about 1:30!! The guy on the bus looking after the passengers was rude and angry and kept everyone awake. We think at times he was trying to be funny, but you don't want someone being 'funny' and poking ...
... the first passengers on it and we had to wait an hour and a half for the rest of the passengers, which wasn’t too fun. Lunch was served on board and we spent the next 1.5 hours cruising up the Bosphorus, which is the waterway separating the Mediterranean from the Black Sea one way, and Europe from Asia the other way. 97% of Turkey is in Asia with only 3% in Europe. Burak, our guide, pointed out places of interest and gave us ...