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I awoke early enough to see the sun rise over the Topkapi Palace next to our hotel. We breakfasted and left our luggage at the Hotel so that we could get a cruise along the Bosphorous. The weather was so much more agreeable at 28C and so it was a good day for sightseeing. The cruise took us up the Golden Horn waterway as well as the Bosphorous which itself connects the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea and is a well ...
... Then he soaps you up with so much soapy
water you think you are in a pool from the Willy Wonka chocolate factory! He then
gives you a brief massage before starting to crack your back and other parts of
your body that were uncrack able! Or in my case giving me a knot in my back I know
I didn't have before I walked in. He washed you down with boiling hot water
before sending you off for your oil massage. You get 15 minute oil massage which ...
... and emotion are never represented in Muslim art because prayer should be kept absolutely pure. If you add faces and artistic license to depictions then that could make people misinterpret the teachings. This is why mosques are highly decorated with intricate designs, but usually have very few figures (and if there are figures then their faces will look neither female nor male, nor have any expression).
- Cem also told us how the Call to Prayer came about. Chosen ...
... the detail in the carvings was impressive. There were fish in the water, surprising large, carp I think with the odd goldfish thrown in. The water wasn't deep, less then a foot in most areas so as the fish swam you could see the ripples through the water.
We then had lunch which was rather uninspiring, as seems to be the theme with turkish food, so best not to dwell.
After lunch we went to ...
... its journey to the underworld. The mummy was then smeared with liquid resin and painted with the image of the god Osiris. Then another layer of bandages would be applied before it is put into a large stone sarcophagus. A funeral would be held to mourn the deceased and it was believed that the heart would be judged by its good or bad deeds on the journey to the underworld. Another interesting artifact at the museum was the coffin of Alexander the Great. The ...