Hotel El Blanco
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... that Darren and Keith were sharing. He had a big tray of salt which was on fire, and he was putting the clay pot in and out of the fire, putting it out with his hands then repeating it. Then he started tapping on the pot, and got the entire restaurant to clap along before breaking the top off it and pouring the contents into the bowl to serve it! It was very cool to watch! So we all had an amazing meal, and a great catch up and chat for ages. At one point Darren went ...
... of the Spice Market or the Grand Bazaar.
On our visit to Mount Nemrut, Golbekli Tepe and the birthplace of civilization, Mesopotamia, we were transported back to a time and place that is beyond explanation.
Fethiye was the beginning of the European takeover. Bodrum & Kusadasi were beautiful yet very commercial. It was even hard to find local food there that wasn't dummied down for the tourists (there is ...
... of the Spice Bazaar and smell it before I find it. The alleyways are full of locals busying themselves but I can't help feeling there's an over supply of goods. It must surely be a saturated market. Just how many cloth shops can be sustained in this market?
Have fully engaged Mosque Mode before coming out - dispensed with the size 13 hiking boots that take ages to take off/put on and lace up. Am wearing slip on deck shoes. There's thought gone ...
... I first started by seeing Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Blue Mosque. All three of these sites are located right next to each other along the coast. The Hagia Sophia is an Orthodox Cathedral where many emperors of the Byzantine Empire were coronated. The Blue mosque (blue because of its blue domes) is the most famous mosque in Istanbul. Seeing both of these religious sites right next to each other is breath taking. ...
... and we were told by many people the city is completely empty and everybody has travel to their home towns for the 4 day holiday.... did not seem that empty to me! If this was empty then I am never going to visit Istanbul when it's busy, I'm really not a city person any more and this has put the final nail in it, I can quite happily say right now I would never live in a busy city ever again with a lot of confidence!
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet