Villa Sphendone Suites
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... Wall, 40 feet in height and 15 feet thick, with a battlemented parapet five feet high that was accessed by stone ramps. A second, Outer Wall, approximately 30 feet high, is joined to this main wall by an elevated 60-foot terrace. The Outer Wall is also equipped with 96 bastions, each offset from the towers of the Inner Wall to avoid masking their fires. These walls ...
... the peak period of the Ottoman empire, the property was home to some 4000 people and included mosques, bakeries, a hospital and a mint. The property is substantial and overlooks the port which joins the Sea of Marmara with the Bosphorous. I can only say that the Sultans knew "how to live"!
The short visit to Istanbul was a major highlight and certainly provided an exciting introduction to this very interesting culture.
... I begin by thinking they are just being friendly, but inevitably there's some slight sexual suggestion towards the end.
Check into my room and head up to the roof top bar. There's a nice cushioned area to sit at and I ask if I can just sit and not buy a drink. Certainly I'm told. After a while a waiter brings me coffee, "Free, just because". Seems to have been genuine.
Decide to head up to the Blue Mosque for some ...
... a distance. The inside told an interesting story of the history of its use as you could see where the Muslims had painted over the earlier Christian paintings and idols and replaced them with their own texts. I barely saw Matt's face as it was constantly behind the camera. Jesus then took us to the Grand Bazaar. On the way there he tricked us into going into a carpet shop which conveniently belonged to some of his friends. We noticed that all of the little stops along the way were ...
... hair, but I digress.)
Topkopi is where the Sultan lived with his wives, concubines, Chief Black Eunuch and other eunuchs, slaves, servants, guards and advisors. Compared to the Forbidden City and other castles and forts we’ve seen, Topkopi was downright warm and cozy with colorful tiles.
* Note: Harem does not mean roomful of naked, nubile women. It means “forbidden” – meaning people not on the list were forbidden to go into ...