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... still sit there with jackets on! Whilst very
modern buses, they don’t have toilets on board. Why? Because they don’t have
direct services so they stop frequently making sleeping well impossible. At the
stops they turn off the motor, which means no air con and an even hotter bus….
Then they leave the air con on close to your destination and you freeze…. I couldn’t work it out… At bigger stops they turn on ...
... first Baklava shop before we are stuffing our faces. WARNING - Chocolate Baklava to be consumed in small portions. Finally made it to Topkapi Palace without being sick and our first impression is that this place is bloody huge. Consisting of sprawling grand gardens that contain seriously huge old trees and a number of stray dogs and cats. Sadly this place also has about 40 million school children. The lonely planet lists this amazing palace as being ...
... supposed to look like, but had in fact never set foot in one. And though many young people were willing to come here and try out this ‘new scene’ they were just as perplexed as I was. The music was all over the place, one minute easy to dance to, the next conducive to smoking pot and sitting down under a tree. Even the drinks here were unusual. I came away from the bar on my first trip with a Mexican beer, and a mixer of Johnny Walker with what tasted like creaming ...
I am pretty sure that I recall seeing the Byzantine Basilica Underground Cistern on our last trip. But I enjoyed it again as well. The cistern has a capacity of 2,800,000 cubic feet of water. Basically, according to Oktay, if the city was attacked, the 6000 occupants ...
... the name means Church of Wisdom, one of the virtues honored by Romans. Then when the Ottomans conquered the area, it became a mosque. Interestingly enough the conquerors did not destroy the building or even vandalize it, merely made a few changes and worshipped here for hundreds of years. It was then made into a museum when the secular Turkish Republic was founded. We wandered down a few small ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSurmeli Istanbul
We found the Surmeli hotel to be very comfortable and the staff friendly and helpful.
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