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Eight Days in Istanbul
- July 31 to August 8th, 2013
Constanta to Istanbul,
Turkish Airline Flight 1050
Emirhan Inn Apartment (Sultanhamet)
Tel: 90 212 458 8093 \ $54 double, ensuite, with airco, including breakfast
Wow! Istanbul has Changed
When we arrived in Istanbul Airport (3:15 pm), we …
... up. The path was all stone steps and the donkeys seemed to think they owned it as the ones waiting for riders just stood wherever they wanted across the path. We took a bus to Oia which is the place most photographed in Santorini and bought a little jewelry - the salesman even threw a beer into the bargain since it was very hot.
The next day we docked in Kusadasi, Turkey and had a private tour that took us to the House of the Virgin Mary (there ...
A sad day in Turkey yesterday with over 230miners losing their lives in a coal mine explosion. A further 500 unaccounted for and seemingly not much hope for their survival. Flags were flying at half mast and there were protests all over the country - one of which we ended up in the middle of one when we went looking for a place to eat last night. Taksem Square is where all protests in Istanbul take place and our guide had warned ...
... light, but as I sat there staring at the roof, I realised that it was in fact a series of bulbs.
Soon enough, the guy who had greeted me earlier came in to start my bath/massage. Like everyone in the hamam, he was sporting a sizable beer gut and was dressed only in a cloth wrapped around his waist. He was balding, sporting a comb over and a thick moustache - not my first choice for someone to give me a massage and a bubble bath! I guess it was all part ...
... children, and taken into the harem. There, they were taught reading, writing, makeup, dancing... you really can see both the pluses and minuses of this life- no shortage of food, clothing, warmth, and you get a real education... but you literally would never see your family again. And may never leave the confines of the harem again until you die. And the older women, "past their prime"? They became teachers, it turns out. I was worried... The sons of the sultan ...