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... Hamami. We learnt an annoying lesson when at dinner we had to pay for 3 appetisers that we thought were complimentary. Went on a delightful evening Boat cruise,
Wed 17th: Caught Hop-on bus to the other side of the Bosphorus. Breakfast at the ege of the water. Explored Dolmabahce ...
Muslim women in traditional dress who were taking photographs of each
other and were taking selfies.
At the exit we put our shoes back on.
There was a man in an official kiosk asking for donations to support
the mosque. I did not see a single person give him any money which is
a shame given that the mosque is such a wonderful place to visit. I
reached into my pocket and pulled a 1 Turkish lira coin, with about
50 cents, and gave it to him. ...
... so the obelisk is today only 18.54m (or 19.6m) high, or 25.6m if the base is included. Between the four corners of the obelisk and the pedestal are four bronze cubes, used in its transportation and ...
... Plus, we had a window to do some serious people watching on the busy intersection below.
We stayed trapped in the labyrinthe of the markets for most of the afternoon, and only found our way out late in the day when the place started to close up. Then there are vans driving down streets which are blatantly too narrow to fit them. The Turkish obviously don't let a little thing like impossibility get in the way of business, and somehow, defying ...
... were quite nice to look at. About a third of the main hall was taken up by restoration scaffolding which rather detracted from the experience but it was clear that it would have been very impressive back in its hay day.
The Basilica Cistern was next on our to-do list. The underground water collection area was rather beautiful. It was very dark with lighting mostly there to highlight the columns. ...