Villa Pasha Hotel
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... of european furnishings and decore in contrast to the Topkapi Palace which has more traditional (Ottoman) style. We will see this for ourselves tomorrow. Our guide (Tulip) was very well trained with facts, figures, dates, names of Sultans, Caliphs, Viziers, Emperors all delivered without hesitation. We returned to our hotel at about 5:30pm.
Tonight we went again to see whether the Whirling Dervishes would be performing and were happy to find it was ...
... the train unless you arrive at a time that isn't rush hour like we did) he had to call Ipek for directions and this is also an area of very narrow one way streets.
The first thing we noticed was that we are staying in the lighting district. Practically every shop here is selling LED lights, lampshades, fans or other electrical gear related to lighting. However one street behind and you are in a tourist street leading to ...
... centre, where they focused on 'healing the mind',most likely because they had no idea what actually caused disease. They used to have hot springs there, which are now filled with mud. There were heaps of frogs in the pools which was pretty cool to see. Anther client hospital we got to see the tunnel the sick people used Togo through. There would be workers on top of the tunnel shouting out 'you will be healed!'it was also very cool to see the ancient sign that ...
... and throughout this city we found centuries-old mosques, churches and markets happily co-existing with modern restaurants, galleries and nightclubs. It is situated on the Bosphorus River which joins the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara and the Golden Horn. We docked just before 2:00 pm and took the opportunity to get off the ship to visit The Topkapi Palace but made sure we were back onboard for one last meal in the dining room and to say ...
... But still not like Sultanahmet, which is Grand Central Tourist. Of course you have to go there, more than once, but don't spend more than half of your time there.
The Museum Pass will get you into the Topkapi (including the Harem, for which you otherwise pay separately), Aya Sofia, Aya Irini, the Mosaic Museum, and the Archeology Museum. Even if you skip the Aya Irini, which is hardly worth it, you more or ...