Sheraton Istanbul Atakoy Hotel
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Today we had a morning of shopping in Sirince before heading to the airport and back to Istanbul. Sirince is a wonderful town - lots of small shops and restaurants. It's in the hills, away from the heat of the larger cities.
We flew to Istanbul and were picked up at the airport by Ari, another tour guide, who brought us to our hotel. Like …
... The Hippodrome, the centre of the former Roman and Byzantine Constantinople. Sadly, only the scantest of ruins remain for this building. This was where the Roman Emperors were entertained after the first Christian Roman Emperor, Constantine, moved the capital of the Roman Empire from Rome to Constantinople. It performed a similar function to the Colosseum. This was a kind of race track for chariots drawn not only by horses but all manner of beasts. Such ...
... barbers, hairdressers (Hilli gets her hair cut directly opposite our front door... and cut really does mean cut!), sleazy backgammon-and-card-dives (men only), cats and taxi drivers who treat the space as their own territory... amazing. We buy our own delicious fruiit, bread, yoghurt, prunes (at a wonderful dried fruit, spices and seed shop), bread, ...
... a lie down on the small bed in there. I tipped my masseur on the way out and made my way back onto the streets of Istanbul feeling absolutely incredible. The streets around the Grand Bazaar were a stark contrast to the calmness of the bath, as the streets heaved with people, but I managed to pick my way through the crowds, even in my spaced out state and made my way towards another restaurant that I had lined up for my journey into Istanbul's kebabs.
... flight to Rome… Sooo, we landed in Rome where a driver was waiting for us (Demian, I’m including the picture you requested of him holding a sign with my name on it. J ). He dropped us off near our apartment, since there is no road that goes all the way to it, and sent us off walking in the right direction. We found the correct place and were greeted by our very sweet, very gregarious hostess and shown to our fantastic apartment. ...