Arasta Boutique Hotel
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- Shuttle bus service
- Airport Transportation
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Breakfast Available
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... a matter of belief than a way of life. Particularly in the city we saw all manner of dress for women, some with shorts and t-shirts, others with conservative coverings and head scarves. There were quite a number of women shrouded all in black with only a narrow slit for their eyes. We were told that these were mostly tourists from Saudi Arabia. There has been concern that Turkey is becoming less secular, more conservative Muslim. Erdogan, the ...
... he initially asked how we were doing, Phil responded with a quick hello and added that we were "just browsing" (in an effort to derail any hard sell attempts). The witty host promptly replied "that was not my question...whether you are here to buy or not...I asked how you were doing". Everyone got a laugh from the exchange and it allowed us to relax and enjoy a tour of their seemingly endless stacks of "delights". We were given a few free samples and never once ...
Yesterday, travelling by ferry, we headed up the Bosphorous River on a 2 hour 'look-see' cruise. Nothing fancy, AU$5 a pop. There are a number of operators and the river is criss-crossed with public transport ferries too. We get onto the boat and walked up the stairs to the shaded upper deck. There is cushioned seating all around the outside of the upper deck. This is expected. Normal. Usual. The other 200 chairs? Well, not quite what I was expecting! Plastic ...
... marble to aid with the more European look. The rooms in the palace are still separate for men and women, the haram. In the women's quarters the design is floral nut the men's quarters have a navel influence reflecting the sultan's love of the navy. The carpet's in the palace were produce in one town that was created for the sole purpose of weaving carpets for the palace. The carpets took two years to produce and during this time the town was unable to sell carpets to any one ...
... Istanbul was spent doing a tour close to Goreme. Our first stop was a panoramic view of Goreme followed by Derinkuyu Underground City. The underground city was unbelievable, we went down 7 floors in total – each floor containing rooms ranging from where they made wine to where they prayed – it was a hide out for the Christians during the raids from the Arab armies. Nar Lake was our next stop, a volcanic ...