Boutique Dedem Hotel
Travel Blogs from Istanbul
Days 232 to 236
Leaving London on Friday, it was time to let go of our cushy existence in the comforts of Kirsten & Simon's flat and get back into a bit of the "roughing it" part of our trip. Not too much, of course. Don’t be ridiculous. We’re kicking off the Middle East portion of our adventure with a visit to a place …
... There's crowds of people everywhere, tourists from all over the world as well as locals. Can't imagine what peak tourist season in the summer would be like! Every street corner has a food cart roasting chestnuts or selling simet (kind of like a bagel), and oysters in the shell. Luckily we read an article about the top 10 street foods and knew to avoid what looked tasty, but is really sheep intestine. Have had a fresh squeezed ...
After the Privy, I went to the Baghdad Pavilion. It was built in 1639 to celebrate someone's (Murat IV?) capture of Baghdad. Anyway it has gorgeous blue and white tile work.
I also popped into the Circumcision Room - no explanation needed here!
and to the Revan Kiosk (the Chamber of the Turbans).
The Chamber of the Turbans was built in 1635-36 and is where ...
... so quiet I think all the other tourists are out on guided tours in the wider Cappadocia area.
There are villagers relaxing in all sorts of places. The men playing games at the tea houses or sitting in the street chairs and chatting. I haven't seen many women until today. A group of older women sitting in the gateway of a home chatting . ...
... s the plan. Today we went downtown after the doctor and went to Hagia Sophia, which was built in 360, but has been rebulit several times. The most interesting part is that it was built as a Christian building (Orthodox, Catholic) then in 1453 it became a mosque. It was a mosque until 1937 or so, when it was turned into a museum. There are places inside where the plaster that was plastered over the mosaics of Jesus, Mary and others, is falling off. They have let it ...
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Pets allowed