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There is just so much to see here and so much history. Today, we went to Topkapi Palace, which was the home of the Sultans and administration offices of the Ottoman Empire for 400 years beginning in 1470. It is situated on the point where you can see the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn.
There is lots to see as the Palace is a large complex. We spent around 5 hours on the grounds until we couldn't absorb any more, and were hungry. First ...
... street, and frantic last minute customers filled their bags with fresh goods. The whole area smelt good, and looked good. A man from a portable stall squeezed pomegranate juice for us, which was sweet tangy heaven.
We’d noticed large floating decorated restaurant barges near the ferry port that morning. They seemed to bob violently with the ebb and flow of the Bosphorus, and we marvelled at how the chefs managed to cook on there as the water threw the boat side ...
... project in Tbilisi. Then some local people started talking to us and trying to share their vodka (no vodka for me - I was not forgetting that I had to be to the airport in a couple hours). I hung out with them for awhile to spend the waiting time.
Sat, Nov 30
I said goodbye to my Georgian friends and headed back to the hostel to pick up my bag and then caught a taxi to the airport around 3:30 in the morning. Today is day 2 of ...
... that was spicy and had a little bit of garlic in it. We also had pickled peppers (ha) and the best grape leaves with spicy rice inside that I have ever had (ok I've had grape leaves twice in my life but they were amazing I promise). We then had these fried sticks with some sweet meat in the inside dipped in a sweet sauce, followed by a quiche with something like prosciutto in it. Then some halumi cheese wrapped in grape leaves. Are you full yet? Then for the main course ...
... centuries old cobblestone waking up every peacefully sleeping tourist in the vicinity brought us to our new home for the next three days. Having no place to put us (because of course our room wasn't ready at that time of day) they whisked us away to another family owned guesthouse where we managed to get a few hours sleep. Breakfast was on the terrace onlooking the Sea of Marmara....truly delightful!
We are now truly settled in to our original room ...