Star Hotel Istanbul
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
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... would have called it the Constantinian Empire.
While Latin was the language of the Western Roman Empire, Greek was the primary language of the Eastern Roman Empire.
Why did the Roman Empire produce two or five Christian Churches?
Constantine I was the first Roman Emperor to claim conversion to Christianity, and Christianity flourished under the Byzantine Empire. Before Constantine moved the imperial capital from Rome to Byzantium, he had ...
After a late lunch, attempted a walk around the area - up the hill, down the hill heading to the waterfront but had to make a hasty retreat to the hotel as a serious storm front hit the city. Not far from here a building under construction collapsed and it was a very rough trip ...
... to leave! The board listing flights was perpetually optimistic and listed our flight as boarding before the plane had really arrived!
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you began to feel really unwell on a plane? We just like in the movies they announce "if there are any doctors on board, please make yourself known to staff". Surprisingly there were a ...
... and the Medusa heads at the bottom of two to the 336 columns that support the ceiling. Apparently two of the pillars were a little short so the builders, which such utter disregard for Roman relics, used the Medusa heads to make up for the deficit (one upside down and one sideways!) The queue to the Medusa heads was huge and there was this really angry looking security guard, a female version of Hitler, yelling at the tourists who dared cut the queues to get ahead. It ...
Up and off early to visit Dolmabache Palace and for a day of riding the trams after yesterday's trekking. First lesson - always check the days attractions are closed. We knew Tuesdays and Thursdays are common "closed" days, but we and a steady stream of tourists were caught out yesterday at Dolmabache Palace! Never mind. Enjoyed to spot a small pod of dolphins in front of ...