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... It had been a brief time together, but pretty intense and it felt sad to be going in different directions.
We took a cab to our hotel - not far from Taxim Square only to discover a couple of disconcerting facts; 1. It's a holiday here for the next 4 days and so there are no operational laundries until Tuesday, and 2. Whilst we had quested interconnecting rooms, ours would be side by side until tomorrow when the kids would be able to move into a room ...
Contrary to Western impressions, the harem wasn't a place for dabauchery and craziness, it was where the sultan and his family lived. He was allowed to have up to 4 wives but most only had one or even none. They also had "favorites" of the female slaves that lived in the harem. Most of the slaves were household servants but a few would catch the eye of the sultan or his mother or wife (!!!) and they would have special "visits" with the sultan. So ...
We had a pretty much identical morning to the one before (and I feel like we will everyday) and were again out of the hostel by around 12. We walked down the street, crossed the river and found ourselves in the spice market. The market was small but really interesting; it smelled so nice and there were so many different types of spices and dried fruits and free Turkish delight. We only stayed there for a bit because we ...
... sold wholesale. When I asked where to go to buy a scarf, she said Wait. She turned to the manager and said, she's American and speaks such nice Turkish, can I sell her a scarf? and he said Yeah sure. :) So I got two nice scarves at the wholesale price. Just goes to show it never hurts to ask!
I left Scarfville and wandered. Naturally I ended up in Nuruosmaniye, which seems to draw me like a magnet. Maybe I lived there in a past life or something. ...
... in the maze of market streets near the Grand Bazaar. We surfaced in the exact opposite direction of where we wanted to be but near the very beautiful Suleymaniye Mosque which we took the opportunity to tour.
From Suleymaniye, we headed to the Hagia Sophia and its museum. Directly across from the Hagia Sophia is the six minaret-ed Sultanahmet Mosque better known as the blue mosque for its blue iznik tiles throughout the interior. Well manicured grounds stand between ...