Vardar Palace Hotel
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... reason the games were
awarded to Tokyo. So much for that dream.
When planning my return flight from
London to Seattle I noticed that under United Airlines' mileage
program it was cheaper to fly back from Istanbul that it was to fly
from London/Heathrow. The difference in price was just about the
price of a ticket on Turkish Airlines from Heathrow to Ataturk
Airport, Istanbul, so I carved out a week, including travel days, at
the end of my ...
... and the changing of the guard ( the guard uniforms are weird dresses made of heavy wool, their shoes have metal bases and big pom-poms on them, which apparently hide knives strapped to the feet in the old days, to be a presidential guard they must be over 185cm tall, they said dad would make a good guard)nd the Olympic stadium. The other two people went a different way to us and we headed back to the ...
Today was the last day in Turkey and it was spent simply breathing it all in. I slept in (AGAIN)! TWO DAYS in a row. If beauty sleep were real, I would have been called by a modeling agency upon waking up today! But, seriously.
I decided to explore some of the less touristy spots of Istanbul, so Uncle Riki (AUS) and I wandered around the Spice Bazaar. I liked this one so much ...
... succession. Ours, which I assume was typical, was full with many people standing. The ride across the waters that divide the city was quick and comfortable. Upon arrival on the European side, we had but a short wait for our van, which we climbed aboard for the ten-minute ride thru the narrow streets of the historic old town to the Topkapi Palace.
Topkapi Palace is a huge complex that first built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1459. It served as the ...
... met so far. Yes, there are people who want to sell things or want to make a living, but we feel more comfortable here than we guessed. It's still a city, with rich and poor, beggars and wealthy, but so far when people approach us, they have almost always wanted to help, show us where we are on the map or translate for us. Not what we were expecting. And now, we have our own tour guide to the city in our friend and hostess. Such a treat!
Ok, off to the Grand ...