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... presumably at sexual maturity, at which time they were thrown out of the harem at least to join the other men in other living quarters on the Palace's beautiful grounds perched on the bank of the Bosporus Straight. Overall, I found the Palace experience a underwhelming. The building is not well maintained and while it is huge and has some beautiful touches, like the crystal balustrade for which it is famous, it isn't a patch on the European equivalents. Like ...
... delight, bought some and ended up walking all the way home. This was across the river where there were people fishing the whole way on every part of the bridge. Tiny little fish were being caught. The crowds just over the bridge were amazingly huge as people visited the markets. This was a fruit and nuts, spices and deli items type of market. We then walked up through the fabric and bedspreads area and home. We loved meandering through the off ...
... are are mix of several Aussies, American, Irish, Russians and a Canadian. Now several days in we can say we have quite a good group. Day 3 On our third day we woke again at 5:30am, not out of choice. We decided on another morning walk in hope of catching some great black and white images. To my delight our adopted dog joined us on another tour along with another dog. You will see in one ...
I woke up a little hungover and had a cup of coffee. Whilst out the previous night, I had decided to stay in Istanbul for an extra day as I was enjoying it so much. So, my first job for the day was to go to the train station and buy a ticket for the sleeper train to Bucharest, leaving on Thursday night. It took a while, despite being the only customer in the whole station, but it was very easy.
After purchasing my train ticket, it was time for a visit to a ...
... Blue Mosque, both of which we’ll be visiting tomorrow, and also the remains of an ancient cistern and an ancient triumphal arch which was used to mark distances in the late Roman Empire. It has a wooden floor where the distances to modern cities are listed, including Washington. So cool!
We walked through a very touristy area full of shops and restaurants, where it became immediately obvious that everyone could tell ...