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... streets. This is the largest undercover market in the world. It is however extremely . There are carpet stores everywhere. Along with ceramics, jewelery, leather and souvenirs, they have it all covered!!
On the way to the market we passes the Turkish bathes and a man roasting chestnuts In the street! Yum!
Some other facts about Istanbul that you may find interesting:
the name Constantinople was changed in 1930. To force people ...
... 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 ...
It's been a busy week. Buses, boats and trams, loads of walking and best of all, lots of eating!
Andrew found a food tour with a lady called Olga. A Russian lady, she married a Turk and now lives, breathes, promotes and cooks Turkish food. She has her own website called Delicious Istanbul. We joined her and 2 other couples (Hi Jan and Hugh, and Cecilia and Gavin!) on a one-day food tour in Kadakoy. We took a short ferry ride across the Bosphorus to the Asian side of ...
... with each other, and create an orchestra of mystical chanting. But, don't let the call to prayer make you feel guilty for being a non-participant. Many Turks in Istanbul are free-wheeling through town along side you, shopping, smoking, drinking tea (some of them alcohol which is forbidden in Islam), and staring intensely into their smart phones.
At night in the ...
... and coolangatta about 20 years ago! Nothing there and gritty. Steph and I had to kill 2 hours as we waiting for Kell. So we sat in the sun and painted our nails. Also vibered home, at least they had good wifi! Then it was time to head to feithye! Met our group and boarded ship. Bit of a rough sail towards the 12 islands but we made it and have been relaxing and jumping off the boat into the water. So peaceful, relaxing and 16 people for some great company. Good start to the tour this ...