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... really rough on our feet, and after a while it began to hurt to much for me to walk on. Matt braved the surface to go out into to the lake to cool down. Then it was back on the bus until our destination, Cappadocia. I was really looking forward to this part of the tour as it promised a hot air ballon ride at sunrise over the famous volcanic landscape of the region. We arrived at about 8pm exhausted and starving, so after a quick dinner we off to bed ready for the adventure early the next ...
... rebuilt, the final basilica larger and more majestic than before was commissioned by Emperor Justinian I and completed in 537AD. The process of converting it to a Mosque involved removal or plastering over of paintings, frescoes, and statues. But some of the original religious artwork remains. It is a study in contrast of the difference in style between Christian and Muslim decoration of places of worship.
We were ready for morning tea by the time ...
... Istanbul was how many cats there are. These stray cats are clearly well-fed and cared-for, and each restaurant or cafe seems to have at least one that it looks after. The churches, mosques and museums also all have resident cats wandering their grounds. There were actually cats inside the Hagia Sophia. It's probably a good practice in terms of keeping rodents away, but it was still surprising to see. After finishing with Hagia Sophia, we walked over to the ...
... stroll to fine the The Basilica Cistern, which we walked passed twice. Paying out 13L we walked down steps into the most amazing place I've ever seen (thanks Marggie for telling me about it so happy I saw it), from the out side it doesn't seem like much but it's spectacular inside. It is 140 metres in length, 70 metres wide. After we moved onto the Grand Bazar, what a place, people every where walking around, people trying to sell you things and the shops just keep ...
... Atatürk on them, and loud car horns! The protest was anti-government and was pro- opposing party, people were rallying for a change in how their current government is operating. It was incredibly fun and entertainingly, but I have to admit, I was a bit scared. There were no police, but I'm sure if there were, it would get ugly. Tear gas, water cannons, and bats are commonly used to quell these sorts of demonstrations. I think the ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet