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The hotel is nice, has A/C, breakfast provided, staff is great and super friendly and it's in an great location!
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Since we wanted to take advantage of the good weather, we took a walk to explore the Grand Bazaar. It is supposed to host over 3000 shops and be the former central place for traders coming from Europe and Asia.
The place was pretty crowded. It was a typical looking street market, just A LOT bigger. We passed by the Yemen Mosque while walking around too. It looks pretty large from the outside and has a ...
... supposed to look like, but had in fact never set foot in one. And though many young people were willing to come here and try out this ‘new scene’ they were just as perplexed as I was. The music was all over the place, one minute easy to dance to, the next conducive to smoking pot and sitting down under a tree. Even the drinks here were unusual. I came away from the bar on my first trip with a Mexican beer, and a mixer of Johnny Walker with what tasted like creaming ...
... 30 as we cruised back to the old town.
Some of my tour group were sitting at the hostel bar so I joined them to talk about my week away from the trip. Then all 22 of us met at 6pm to have dinner in the old town with the group. We had a few appetizers and watched a slide show of our trip set to music. It was fun to remember all of the good times of the trip. This dinner was included because there was enough money in the "kitty" or cash payment for the trip. I ordered ...
... next stop was the Hagia Sophia........or Ayasofya.........or Santa Sophia -- you choose. I like Hagia Sophia, but I don't know why. Now a museum, it was started being built in the fifth century and was a Cathedral until it was converted into a mosque with the advent of the Ottomans. In the early 1900's it was closed and then made into a ...
... I could find, only avoiding those that had piles of loose rocks in nasty places. Once I helped my friends up into one of the larger caves, I chose a nice ledge in which to do my handstand photo of Ilhara valley.
I could have spent days in that gorge. It had every type of NEATure one could ask for--rushing water, tall cliffs, deep foliage, and explore-able caves a plenty! Out of all my nature based visits this summer, Ilhara ...