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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Pets allowed
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
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... the mighty Ottoman Empire is ascending. The great sultan renames Constantinople to Istanbul (more or less based on some road signs the Greeks left lying around), and Justinian’s church is now considered offensive. The sultan sees value in the building, so he simply converts it to a mosque by adding minarets on the outside and plastering over the Christian frescoes inside. Today, Ayasofia is a museum and some of the Christian artwork has been ...
... due to elections) and a waiter of sorts who served us tea, coffee and 'cakes'. And, no honking. No swerving. Fascinating. Cappadocia is in central Turkey near a very large volcano. Long ago, lava created a landscape that formed many 'fairy chimneys', which are elegant formations that eroded in such a way that some rock has been left on the tippy top. See pictures below. The rock is also very soft and can be carved relatively easily. Christians carved many churches, monasteries ...
... comparable to arriving in Madrid. New buildings mixed in with old crumbling architecture and everyone is rushing and so impatient. Our flat is located amongst what you would probably describe as quaint homes that have seen better days. The exciting part though is we have a rather large population of stray cats.. ( note to self don't go out at night without catnip). Our host shows us to our room and we thank him and ...
... bears the same flower pattern. The Blue Mosque is a central location of prayer for many Muslims in Istanbul. Friday is the day of prayer in Islam (similar to Saturday being the day of worship in Judaism and Sunday being a holy day in Christianity), and it would be unsurprising to see people setting up prayer rugs in the ...
... own still talking loudly like they were a group double their size and banging with fists on each others doors again, including mine, even though at this time they knew my room wasn't one of theirs.
I took my bags down by 10am expecting the cleaning lady to come banging my door again and almost throwing my bags out telling me it was check out time. It was still ...