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... crashing out.
The first full morning in Istanbul we all had a big sleep
in. We ran into our hostel manager who is a kiwi bloke named Nathan. He is a
legend. He seemed happy to see some fellow kiwis/aussies and offered to show us
his secret breakfast spot The Heirloom. We will be forever grateful it was such
a nice place. He gave us a few pointers on the city, and after breakfast we
headed off to The Grand Bazaar. The Grand Bazaar was ok, the ...
... because I do not want to sit by myself. So, today I got placed in probably the worst seat in the restaurant. Its something I had read about dining alone, but something I have experienced personally now. I was too tired to argue, so decided to make the most of it and just watch the people in the restaurant instead. One of things that has become so prevalent in our culture is the use of mobiles on the dinner table. At one point, I counted 11 of the 16 people sitting ...
... and shisha isn't exactly the most healthy. It's cheap though, which is just what I need. I'm seriously looking at extending my trip by a few weeks to catch Awakenings Festival in Amsterdam at the end of June. It's one of the biggest techno festivals in the world, and tickets are dirt cheap compared to a lot of festivals. I don't think my Europe trip would complete without it. It will mean a slightly more expensive trip through Belgium and Amsterdam for a week, but my money is ...
... gorgeous tile work.
*We manage to find a local shop selling Turkish delight and traditional pastries. We cannot resist.
*We intend to go to a Turkish Bath for a couple of hours in the afternoon but we decide to defer this experience until we reach a less touristy part of Turkey. Instead we catch a tram and take a ride across the bridge separating the European Mainland from Asia. The Asian side offers great views of the historic sights we have ...
... busy streets down winding cobble stoned alleys, the call for prayer echoing down from the domes and minarets from time to time. Next stop was the Hagia Sophia Museum. This was a church for 916 years, then a mosque for 481 years and is now a museum. It is a testament to the Ottoman empire that as rulers came and went there was always a spirit of tolerance – relics weren’t destroyed, religions weren’t inflicted on the conquered. As a result these ...