Taksim Gonen Hotel
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... we saw the oldest son now working there. Basically it was donner meat (read gyro) on bread (pita) with a BUTTER sauce poured over it. Really! What's not to like????
Our next stop was so exciting. It is -- I think -- the only mosque in the world that is designed by a ...
... one of humanity's greatest creations.
12:30 Wine - Grabbed lunch at Balikci Sabahattin, a seafood restaurant in the touristy Sultanhamet area. Food was great but wine was even better - it was nice having white wine that did not taste lake a mixture of kerosene and cognac!
14:00 Hamam - Andre booked an appointment for us at the Sultanahmet Hamam. It was the super touristy, Disneyland version of a Turkish bath but it was ...
... everywhere. So don't even think about it. Through the Imperial Gate, we got to the courtyard outside the Hagia Sophia and two nice young men directed us to the Basilica Cistern. Our next stop. For only 10lire (same price as the museum), we went underground into this vast space that was designed during the Byzantine time. Justinian laid it out in 532 to satisfy the demand at the time. For a century after the conquest the Ottomans didn't know it was there, and was only ...
... to the hotel and freshening up than anything else. We caught a tram for the last part of journey to the hotel, it was quite crowded but luckily we only had to go three stops. The tram was so packed in fact that Michael wasn’t able to squeeze on with the rest of us. Thanks to Sara’s instructions though in case of this situation he caught up with us again after catching the next tram. I had only just managed myself to get on the tram the first time, ...
... 8217;s the first time I’ve ever landed while laying horizontally in my flat-bed seat! Yet another first.
While I was asleep, breakfast was served. Mom was awake and selected herbed scrambled eggs with potato gratin and turkey sausage. Breakfast breads with butter and fruit preserves were also offered.
We arrived into the gate 35 minutes late at 12:45. Mom and I both had to purchase a $20 visa sticker on arrival, then we get into an immigration line that had a ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility