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We found the Surmeli hotel to be very comfortable and the staff friendly and helpful.
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... deflated we headed out of the bazaar towards home and fortuitously stumbled across the shopping we were after with Shaylee getting a great throw over that has subsequently been knick named horseblanket.
With at least one purchase taken care of we headed back to the hotel feeling fairly gratified with our days efforts.
For dinner we made a plan to meet up with a couple of friends from our sailing trip who were also in Istanbul and head to the Karakoy fish ...
... a place to take us for the evening and arranged someone from our hotel to get us in the morning. And that is what happened - all's well that ends well and we put that behind us and just got on with it and have thoroughly enjoyed it ever since. I think what I love about this city is its full sensory experience of the ancient and the modern that grabs you and won't let you go. There are ancient sights and there are many of them that we spent time ...
... market neighbourhood on Itfaiye Street (this is where the grilled sheep's heads were being sold).
We stayed in two places on the Beyoglu side of the Galata Bridge. First in the Kasimpasa neighbourhood, a bustling district with hardly any tourists; we were uphill from Bahariye Caddesi. Then we moved to the other side of the hill near Tophane tram station, a more mixed area with traditional life as well as trendy, ...
... and 2m thick. It must weigh 200 tonnes! The other one was erected on site and was a turning point for chariots racing at the Hippodrome. The Blue Mosque is a magnificent architectural masterpiece from outside: The curve of the many domes and the stark perpendicularity of the many minarets make for a sight I've never witnessed before. Inside then was a mild disappointment for me-- basically a big room with carpeted floors and tiled walls. We weren't there long. Whilst putting my ...
... br> Chora Church was also a wonder and it was interesting to see the bible stories we are familiar with painted on the ceilings and walls. It was interesting to see Mary's birth given such attention. An English history teacher there with his wife and family enlightened us on a few things to look for and made it very interesting.It was rainy when we finished there so we had a quick look at the ...