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On we went into the neighbourhood. Yahoo! We found the local spot. Like Northbridge but safer :-). Sitting at a local café, we drank tea and noted that it was full of the cool people and hipsters (of which we aren't and Andrew's Birkenstocks don't really fit in but anyway...) and as we were later told, it's where the youngsters go to be seen. No alcohol in sight but tea by the glass and loads of it. It’s served in a little glass with a waist ...
... Sultan Ahmet Camii. The mosque gets its name because of the blue tiles up in the ceiling that make up most of the roof. This was the first time I have been in mosque. Everyone had to take their shoes off and women had to put on scarves over the head. I could tell that there were locals but most of the people inside were travelers like other tour groups and small families. Here are some of things that I learned, from Oscar, about ...
... that their delightful daughter was well behaved and very much a social butterfly.
4. Basilica Cistern - amazing Roman underground water storage system. Part of a James Bond classic “Russia with Love” was filmed here.
5. Sophia Mosque - the well preserved drawings, ceramics and silhouetted minarets in the evening sky
6. Grand Bazaar and Spice Market - buzzing, colourful and aromatic
7. Topkapı Palace - Jewels, Relics of ...
... We had tickets for 9am entry to the Blue Mosque, I’d brought a shawl but for those who hadn’t they had very fetching blue sheets to drape over their heads and arms, or round the waist for men in shorts. Lining up outside we saw a very beautiful Asian wedding couple in the cloisters which was a bit unexpected, they pop up in all sorts of places. It was very crowded inside because you can only go into about half of it, the front part being separated ...
... ticket office could not be convinced that he was 12 without proof!
We managed to follow our own Rick Steve's tour of the massive cathedral despite the throngs of locals offering us the "best tour" of the church, which was just as well since the kids were bored after just 5 minutes. Dan and I persevered despite the whining and managed to explore all the wonderful architecture and mosaics within. We did manage to engage the kids ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility