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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... I stayed in bed the whole of Friday and managed to get out in time for dinner with a couple we had met earlier in the week. He - German/Egyptian heritage and a doctor. She - German/Italian heritage and a lawyer. With a voice like a chainsaw, she would talk right over the top of us. All the time. Anyway, she was also allergic to sesame. That's too bad in a place like Turkey. So we all go to dinner and she takes 15 minutes to order as she has to ask ...
... of the Blue Mosque in the evening. He came up to me and asked what time the mosque closes. I think I was supposed to say, "I don't know; I'm a tourist" but I didn't follow the script so I threw him off. I answered, not thinking it was a scam yet, "I don't think mosques ever close." He seemed a bit annoyed and said, "Yes, yes I know, but -- uh -- I thought you were Turkish. You're not?" To which I replied, "Yeah, ...
Istanbul is divided in two by the Bosphorus, a stretch of water that runs from the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, dividing Europe from Asia. Turkey covers two continents. We had a big day looking at many major sights of the very exciting Istanbul. The Spice Bazaar was almost sensory overload. Store holders spruiked their wares as the aromas enticed us to peer into their shops. Turkish Delight, in many forms, was available ...
... how to tell the baklava pastries apart, we just picked a couple interesting looking ones each and hoped for the best. Two of mine were great, but the other one was just so-so. After the baklava, we walked back over the south Galata bridge area in order to makeour own trail mix at a shop selling nuts and dried fruit. I tried dried kiwi for the first time -- it was good enough to add to the mix :) After that, we were ready to call it a ...
... beard one day!). The ways of the parliament were quite canny too, with the Sultan listening in to debate behind a gold grid – and finishing each session on his command….. with a separate audience hall where all matters were discussed in silence - as if everyone was deaf & mute – to protect privacy. Politics also apparent in sporting activities – such as the red, green and blue teams of chariot racing ….where fans often ...
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