Ramada Istanbul Old City Hotel
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... as they were so beautifully decorated with mosaics, stained glass and again marble work. The spice markets were next on our list and we spent ages wandering up and down enjoying the sights and smells of this incredibly busy part of Istanbul, then came the grand bazaar and by this time we had seen enough gold jewellery to adorn every woman probably in the whole of Europe and still have some left over. The other big seller was gold bullion in all ...
... Cistern - built by the Romans to hold water. There is no longer water coursing into the cistern so they have to periodically pump water in for the fish that live in the waters there now. There were two heads of Medusa which were taken from Ephesus it is believed and buried under the water in a far corner so they couldn't put curses on anyone any more. And there was a special column decorated with a pattern representing the tears ...
... up to the Black Sea, with Oktay pointing out items of interest, while being served tea, sodas and water by our butler!! It was fabulous -- a gorgeous sunny day with no clouds! We passed the Cirigan Palace (now a Kempinski), the fifth (or maybe sixth) largest suspension bridge in the world, the site of the fort guarding Istanbul at the narrowest point of the Bosphorus, historic old ...
... will get us to most locations. The concierge said we didn't need one, but we'd prefer to save our energy for seeing sights. Also got a Museum pass at hotel to avoid waiting in line for tickets. Next stop was Turkcell to buy a sim card for data plan to have internet on our cell phone. Easily got one for 40 TL with 20 TL credit toward air time but it took time to activate. With some help from our waiter ...
... making demonstration with Turkish tea; and a little shopping at the gigantic Gran Bazaar, making sure we didn't get lost amongst the 4000 shops & 2000 alleys. My favorite by far was St Sophia Church, built to honor Sacred Wisdom rather than a saint (Sophia means wisdom). It was so pretty. My Sophia loved the hanging lamps for sale in shops all over Istanbul. I could totally see her bedroom filled ...