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... we spoke to were very happy with the rain. There is a huge water shortage and restrictions are put on its use in times of drought.
Because of the rain, we took a taxi to Otel Oz Yusuf, near the Topkapi 23rd gate. Not to be confused with Topkapi Palace, in Sultanahmet, a totally different area. We moved the night before our flight to a hotel closer to the airport and adjacent to the metro which runs to the airport. We ...
... chips, gherkins, roasted peppers, tomato and some yoghurt, before being pressed on a panini grill. It was edible, but it was hardly the knock-out kebab experience that I was aiming for. I knew that there would be better to come...
The Grand Bazaar was a huge labyrinth of shops. As with the Spice Market the day before, I felt a real sense of Istanbul's place as a historic trading hub linking Europe and Asia. I'm not one for shopping, but I spent a very ...
Today was hamam (Turkish Bath) day. Holy ****. After the adventures of yesterday, hamam day was necessary. We both slept on and off this morning, trying to recover from the two night bus nap times (because, let's be real - a full night sleep was unobtainable). Eventually, we made our way to the lobby of the hostel from our naps (this was a shock that we made it that far) and got distracted by the hostel owner's baby turtles. We ...
... for potato foods :) It was also SO lovely that Gizem could explain in Turkish to the waiter that I wanted food that had no meat, no butter, no milk, no cheese and no cream. I have learned, as a survival technique, these words, so could hear them as she rattled them off to the incredulous-looking waiter. But, she prevailed, and my dinner was perfect. Delicious food, elegant drinks, fabulous company, and a night out along the entrance to the Black Sea. Great night!!!
Finally, after being near the top of my list for so many years, I made it to Istanbul!
Today was all about the Hagia Sofia (ahh-yah sofia, meaning "Holy Wisdom"), the greatest and biggest and most important church in the world for so many centuries after the fall of Rome and for 1000 years of Byzantine rule...until the Ottomans took Istanbul in 1453CE and converted it into a mosque that lasted for nearly 500 years, until it became a museum in the ...