Hotel Pera Capitol
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... Turkish border checkpoint. We all had to get off the bus to present our passports. There was a long line of trucks waiting to cross over from Turkey.
This morning we went for a wander around the Grand Bazaar. This is warren of shops and really pushy vendors. It was interesting to visit. We also visited a felter. He is a UNESCO living treasure. He makes the hats for the Whirling Dervishes. Besides making fantastic felt items, he also works with his partner, Theresa, to create beautiful silks scarves.
After a light lunch Diane, Janet and I went off for our 2pm appointment ...
... I thought about how happy I was to be staying in the Asian side. I had the feeling it was a more authentic Istanbul experience because lots of locals live in the area and it’s not so overtly touristic.
We unknowingly got on the ferry that took us to the wrong side of the Galata Bridge. We walked over to the correct side feeling sorry for the fish we saw in ice buckets, who were still alive and dying slowly.
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There was a photography exhibit but I'm not a big fan of photography in general. One piece that stuck out was a man who photographed his wife everyday as she went off to work. My first thought was, why did she marry him? Also, how did she dress in a different outfit (albeit with some repeating pieces) for 30 days? Those questions were probably not the ones the artist had hoped to ...
... stuff). The service was the best I have ever experienced (I was offered a napkin within seconds of my kebab beginning to drip). After eating we had renewed energy and continued trying to find this place. We never found it. By 2am we had asked 20 taxi drivers if they knew where it was, each one gave us different directions. We even had a security guard google it, write down the address and give us instructions but we still couldn't find it. We ...