Day three of Turkey

Trip Start Jan 20, 2010
Trip End May 15, 2010

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Today we had some yummy food over looking the river. The weather held out all weekend and we had very little rain like was predicted. We walked from out hostel to the "new mosque" down by the river which was a long walk. After seeing the "new mosque" we realized it was not the one we were looking for. We than hit up the spice bazaar where vendors were lined up selling spices by weight. I bought some tea for myself as well as a gift. We also sampled all sorts of turkish delight and dried fruit. I got a turkish spice that is a blend of spices I can use to make spicy food. After wondering around we walked across a bridge and went to a tower. After the tower we walked back to the famous I street and had lunch. (I had a burger and its just not the same!) We than wondered around for a while making our way up the street toward the palace but by the time we made it there it was closed. The palace is right on the water  over looking the city. There was also a clock tower and a mosque in the same area. After walking home and resting and eating dinner we went to a turkish bath. We sat in a dome room with a heated marble slab in the center. The room was like a large sauna. After "heating up" for a while we were exfoliate for a but we were massaged with soap and rinsed. After we left the room we were served water and tea and wrapped up like mummie with blankets to keep our bodies from going into shock. It was the perfect way to end our trip. We left feeling clean and refreshed. During the day we had walked from 10am to 330pm so the rub down felt real good on our bodies. Sadly we leave early tomorrow morning and have a 7 hour layover in Romania and are going to try and grab lunch outside the airport if it works out.
 Over all my trip to Turkey was amazing. Everything was clean and gorgeous and very romantic. Being so close to two of the largest mosques and seeing them every time I walked outside my door added to the magic. The hostel was clean, the people were friendly and the breakfast over looking the river was amazing. I would highly recommend it to anyone!  Since everything is in the same area it was very easy to navigate our way around the town. Also the fact it was myself, Randi and Andi added to the experience of having a small group. The food was very yummy, a lot of meat and yogurt. Can't wait to visit again! The hostel was very clean. We had a room with 5 bunk beds in them but it was just the three of us and a guy named Jason. We were on the first floor, the bathroom in the basement and terrace on the third. Everything was white and open and very inviting. The guy that worked at the front desk got to know me very fast with all the questions I had. Because it was not peak season the place wasn't crowed. There were maybe eight other people staying here all over the place. Three other American girls and the rest Australian. We would all see each other in PJs in the morning for breakfast and again in sweats at night to watch a movie. For breakfast everyday they had bread, yogurt, jams, cured meats, cereal, juices, tea and coffee (a much better and wider variety in comparison to Egypt). 
The trip was amazing! 
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