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... where we tried the Kurdish specialities lamb with crackling cooked over coals in a big hole in the ground, and perde (a peppery rice pilaf with chicken, almonds and raisins cooked in a flaky pastry, sitting next to the old aqueduct. I really think our persistence and research paid off with our eating out in Istanbul and we were lucky to find some great places to eat. At some points Mikey thought he had died and gone to grilled meats heaven!
Our last night we had a few beers at ...
... on a full night of sleep but I'm not even sure about that.
We worked our way out of the Cistern and even while I was climbing the steps a guy came up to me and was trying to sell me a carpet. Sheesh! We headed back to the Blue Mosque because it would be reopening soon. One of the tactics the salesmen used was to be "helpful" as in, "the Mosque is closed for prayer right now" or, "Are you heading to Hagia Sophia? It's this way." That way you'll engage ...
... subtle flavours of an apple and grape mix. I am not sure if it is a custom he will adopt once we return home and as for me who also tried this - no thanks. Our evening was a cultural affair which included Belly Dancing and a variety of male Cossak routines. The Belly Dancing was spectacular with four different styles all involving much gyrating of hips and jiggling of ...
... its onto the marble slab in the centre of the room to really warm up. The lady arrives with an exfoliating mitt of some description and proceeds to scrub you down. You wouldn't believe the amount of dead skin that comes off. Rinse cycle. With my eyes still closed (!), a soap bubble scrub and massage comes next. Another rinse cycle. Hair wash. Rinse cycle (obviously not a water shortage in Turkey). A sit down. Another rinse cycle and then you get wrapped ...
... a performance of only the American and "spiritual" songs. With some slight stretching to the definition of "spiritual," we were able to sing a 30 minute concert. It included:
The Best of All
Long Time Ago
Variation on a Theme of Handel
Sing Me to Heaven
I Got a Robe
The Heart's Cry
The Lord Bless You and Keep You
Randolph-Macon College Alma ...