Ramada Kaya Plaza
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... seated in a throne placed within the omphalion, a section of inlaid marble in the main floor. Each circle represents the reign of each emperor. the size of the circle represents the years they reigned. a new emperor would stand in the circle of his previous emperor and be crowned. Ottoman additions to the building include a mimber (pulpit) and mihrab (prayer niche indicating the direction of Mecca); large 19th-century medallions inscribed with gilt Arabic letters; ...
... 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; line-height: normal;">- the Treasury; this contained a massive glittering diamond, a 22-carat gold jug and ewer, a basket of huge emeralds, rings encrusted with rubies and sapphires, more very finely engraved swords, a British Order of the Garter presented to one of the sultans by Queen Victoria, Chinese Ming pottery and lots more.
... here are crazy busy with both tourists, cars and locals. As for the motorcycles, well they pretty much help themselves to the pedestrian footpaths while roads echo the sounds of constant beeping horns and brakes screeching. Its not that the Turkish people are crazy, its more simply they drive with too much confidence. They go anywhere, at any speed with the mind frame that either they will just fit or the ...
... better than I thought it would so that should be no problem. It's the best chance I'll ever get to satisfy my love of electronic music, so I think I'd better take it.
My train to Sofia leaves tomorrow night at 10:00pm. It's not going to be an easy trip. There's bus replacements for part of the journey, so I'm pretty sure it's going to be bus, train and then bus until I arrive sometime mid morning. This is going to hurt.
PS - I need to lay off the shisha. ...
... we reached the Galata bridge. From there we took the Karaköy-Beyoğlu funicular (apparently second oldest subway in the world after London according to Davide) to the top of the hill, and walked back down past the many music and instrument shops in that area. After crossing the Galata bridge, we quickly walked around the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosques (we had another tour scheduled later that week to visit them more thoroughly), and ended up at the Grand ...