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Teddy Ruxpin
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Turkey - Weekend in Istanbul August 2009
Forgive my camera/skills from back then.

I was doing a summer abroad program in Rhodes, Greece for 3 weeks (maybe I'll review this as well). We had a long weekend where we could go anywhere. We were deciding between Cairo and Istanbul. In retrospect, I was upset we didn't do Cairo since the Arab Spring occurred two years later, but then Istanbul got sketchy too. One of the guys on our trip was a bartender at a Marriott so we got a reduced rate at the new one built by the airport. Nice, but having your taxi checked for bombs before entering the parking area, and having airport luggage scanners as you enter the FRONT door was concerning.

Tips: Back then there wasn't Uber so we had to use cabs. Turks don't know a lot of English, so I suggest having your hotel write the directions to your hotel on a card to hand to a driver if not using Uber.

We start today with a high speed ferry from Rhodes pier to Marmaris, Turkey.

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Turkey! Hand them $20 US and you're in
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We then hired a local cabby to take us to Dalaman airport. I wish I had more photos of this as we stopped in his village to switch cars. On the way we started seeing mosques every where like you'd see churches here signaled we were in a different place. This airport was BFE and mostly empty. Caught Turkish Air from there to Istanbul Ataturk. Great flight. Everyone clapping when we landed was unnerving.

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Highways built through the old city walls.
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So many freighters waiting around, dozens. Later I read this was because of the global slowdown.
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Entrance to the Grand Bizaar. Haggle central. A must do and an absolute labyrinth. I ended up buying a a hookah here.
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Teddy Ruxpin
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re: Turkey - Weekend in Istanbul August 2009
A lot of the cool stuff in Istanbul is very closely clustered together. The Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque are about a football field apart from each other. There are some rooftop restaurants that grant a great view. The call to prayer occurs a few times a day, and its a hauntingly beautiful sound to hear as it flows through the air around the city.

Women must cover their legs entering the Mosque, and skirts and shawls are handed out to tourists entering.

Blue Mosque: Image: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/8KaXsbr2b_1AP7qyrnVFEgDDr7xi4FZ6V4miCvU34HiS3TiMKDBSS0iJbpteASFN1oPupd7ZiZuut0In4a2iYSojS55CVs3Q4X8N4_PUSxnExyIrqaOvSRFBvoabrtND89e3cEayzFL8xmIFT3dDObc6xnvQIJtCDGiSk-HKUPQEuamPygP3HzaHD5epIFgzdex1u41sq-g_9K_5DGONElBgymlA7NTpUBso5rAFQ9S8L5H_gX4yjiLsI9EJNYaNNtZc1_-MvJODO2PcunIi-QB51M2gqxFGHyGIs5x-oBkMifzcAPw-XeLM2DTTgE5zGFSk4ADiWuodD7Kpn7E4fEUHK6ImBhtUjetVjLgMJLz_4mcwhIh5IiNEXOUAgQiLkQVYIM3EY1wuXSQ8aFOb51Jyt0V3tZw7Xmb9QOFJijnvzUV0V7XoQ4HFtneCZoegzEocX1eqf-eEUjRjEe-yTO2EaftumCItXURi9hOIRKFprPZoYR0C3EyA3vZWRqUqtl1AonHLMx-PcJDGKEkfCGiQsJcLmbfEcUzT8Uo5HE3i59yJPDNbONwuVlG0tC7BiU2YbHIHhOaEZTJsK0DlTteWgBzp9HpiCoQbAW7xO2GDqkwXUHnjrw=w1225-h919-no


Tight squeeze to enter the chamber.
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And we're in.
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The Mosque is dome, upon dome, upon dome.
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The prayer area for the Muslims off limits to tourists.
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Leaving the Blue Mosque looking at our next site. The Hagia Sophia:
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The Hagia Sophia. Completed in 537 A.D., it first served the Christian faith until the fall of Constantinople where it was then converted to a mosque. Once Ataturk took control after the Ottoman Empire, in a bid to create a secular Turkey he made the Hagia Sophia a museum. Plaster was removed uncovering the Christian mosaics.

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re: Turkey - Weekend in Istanbul August 2009
Sometimes you have to repair a 1500 year old building. The main dome being renovated.
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We then made our way to Topkapi Palace that has a nice spot along the Bosphorus.
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The grounds are quite nice. Here we see the stricter forms of Islam at play. Women in Istanbul run the gamut in how revealing they wear their clothing. Not sure if things have gotten worse these days.
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The main chamber of the residence:
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Back towards the front of the Blue Mosque was where the old hippodrome used to be located, you come across this obelisk. First you notice the hieroglyphics. You also notice this thing looks pretty damn new. It isn't. It is THREE THOUSAND YEARS OLD and was transported from Karnak up the Nile in he 300s AD to here.

This obelisk, along with another and the serpent's column, formed the spine of the hippodrome as the horses raced around them. Can't imagine how cool that must have looked.

Here you can see all three.

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re: Turkey - Weekend in Istanbul August 2009
Very nice.

What site/method did you use to host the pics? I've been experimenting and failing since the Photobucket problem.


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re: Turkey - Weekend in Istanbul August 2009
At the end of the day we headed off the peninsula to the Bosphorus bridge. Near the base of it on the European side there are a bunch of hookah bars, bars, cafes, etc. I was led to believe you could walk across to Asia..Nope. English isn't widely spoken so we were ushered on some ferry by a nice lady who thought she knew what we wanted. The ferry just kinda drives around the bridge area, which ended up being pretty cool as we enjoyed Ephesus beer. Back on land, I watched professional hookah smokers billow smoke like the animal headed guy from the 300 movie.

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Getting that hookah action:
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Drinking beer on the top deck of the boat:
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I also recommend hitting the Turkish bath house. We ended up walking into one that was about 500 years old. How cool is that? Now, I didn't take photos in here because that would be creepy, but I'll use some stock photos and describe it.

As you walk in, you come into the foyer where you decide what kind of bath you want. Essentially there are separate male and women's areas with either a self service option or someone "bathing" you. In hindsight I should have done the latter but it sounded awkward.

Image: http://hamamlar.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/5931117403_f7de29aba5_z.jpg


You strip down to your skivvies. As we entered there was a wash room area where the baths occur. Here hairy Turkish men sat on the floor as the bathers scrubbed them down with big horse brushes, soap building all over the place. It looked kinda rough but also might feel nice at the same time.

As you pass through that area you come into the domed sauna area, which has little booth like areas around a central raised slab. Everything is marble and it is hot. Each booth has a faucet that pours cold water, which you use the metal pan they give you to collect and pour on yourself. This hot and cold mixture feels incredible.

This is what the room looks like:
Image: http://isea2011.sabanciuniv.edu/sites/isea2011.sabanciuniv.edu/files/location/cemberlitashamami11.jpg


Image: http://c8.alamy.com/comp/BAY63F/cemberlitas-hamam-sultanahmet-istanbul-turkey-BAY63F.jpg


After you are done, you exit and they wrap you up like a mummy.
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My beautiful hookah:
Image: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/IBnO7Wj9WZKdydEEOFY-7pazSSEyPX2GCYwJV6Qn5LAaJaCLmTpClleUOvXlSnuA5oKiynuqBnNe2_JuZgjv_fHrVCAIYvla1j6L7muGAVRO7JVE7G-qt2odNfgl1kyHpIAczidXS2-rB8lkMg7UvqyWQWrmsjdCo8PQbVq6qpsl1aysVR1UJ7c-u4-QA1szZ3W7j324gLGTkKLmcrkQfRy6i0rmjDGuprIj6A03-UWS-CkvDkmKHAO6ZfLDQbvxcY2c2BdPU4V_Oe4UfR4VMP6j1_IsQKb1-WRYXPxNP50Xgspt1Tjb7U3wQ98swhPBauuepMoNKMnogcggrra3e2-0E41LnuvooxIDTKJ-fpyNGv8I_TcDAbs28Ierwu9gYjMrSjK9pvmJNv1PMIdClsxfLSmjhzsnatQAFw1zGzIJAqpXARbInZuPWCpisgXtnxzHO4mmPMSmpkjGHyOaoSPuyV_J_O3LI8ty6qqBV6TiKtWnaqQVy6s9n0982tA6gWwnOXGx_4P_bFeuIVZlvjYjJJ8qRwRJxZUFuIlphjVsntmRGbY4imfMcT_LOK20guy0NnF3K1bUqyrNENwob19E6cy1C4UXEn05yXB8csqIuenWjE1dSQ=w453-h604-no


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speckledawg
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re: Turkey - Weekend in Istanbul August 2009
I'm on my phone, but I'm not seeing anything other than the pic when I "try" to go deeper.


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re: Turkey - Weekend in Istanbul August 2009


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Teddy Ruxpin
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re: Turkey - Weekend in Istanbul August 2009
Thanks.

Issue with linking Google Photos: The links are VERY LONG, which is limiting any narrative due to the character limit per post. I guess it is a positive making this not too long. I will probably just use these posts to move things around a little.
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HoustonGumbeauxGuy
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re: Turkey - Weekend in Istanbul August 2009
IMGUR is awesome and they are known for never changing the URL to your pic.


Teddy Ruxpin
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re: Turkey - Weekend in Istanbul August 2009
quote:

IMGUR is awesome and they are known for never changing the URL to your pic.


I usually use IMGUR but it is a real pain in the arse to curate what photos I'm going to use and upload them to IMGUR.

This was a lot easier to do to just go through where they all already are and link.


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re: Turkey - Weekend in Istanbul August 2009
Istanbul is awesome. i spent 3 weeks there and it was really cool seeing all of the history.

My favorite spot was topkapi. That place was awesome and I cant imagine how awesome it was to be the man in that palace back in the day.


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re: Turkey - Weekend in Istanbul August 2009
Ha ya, being top dog must have been kinda nice.

What brought you to Istanbul for three weeks? Work?


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