Kyla and Nick Around the World travel blog

Thrifty us picnicing for breakfast - only to find out that night...

Topkapi Palace Ceiling

Palace beds that put my sleigh bed at home to shame

Palace tiles

The palace Harem windows

More harem... with ladies

What happens when you ask a stranger to take what could be...

Palace restoration work. We would need a week to see the entire...

Palace treasury (or chambers...with so many rooms it is hard to remember)

Outside the second gate (there are four palace rings to the site)

Grand Bazaar. It is even more exciting than you could possibly imagine

Melissa and I tag teamed for a half an hr negotiation session...

Translation not required

Spices at... the Spice Bazaar

Fun quotes from Istanbul - Nick writing

In the spirit of presenting fun snippets from our trip, without much preamble or backstory (can Nick do that, you wonder? Possibly), here are some things that were said or overheard by us during our time in Istanbul (and a few from other places, too, but they can get lumped in here).

"How can I rip you off?" - carpet seller to us as we pass by.

"Lady, you dropped something. You dropped my heart." - restaurant tout to Erica as we passed by.

"You must be a sultan, since you have three wives." - another shop seller to me, as the four of us walked in the bazaar and looked for scarves.

"Honey, can you get a photo without any other people in it?" - tourist woman to tourist husband, in Ephesus, with about ten thousand other tourists croweded down the main street.

"Is that a ferret rummaging in the garbage on the roof next door?" - me, to Kyla, Melissa, and Erica, in our hostel room, as an actual ferret rummaged through the garbage.

"Hello Lady" - every store or stall keeper, and restaurant tout, to Kyla, Melissa, or Erica.

"Everything ... off!" - Non-english-speaking Hamam mistress to Kyla, and then a group of older women tourists, who all tried to keep their bikini bottoms on in the hamam.

"Where y'all from I'm from Pasedena. Can you see this rock it was ... (and on and on)" The lack of spacing and punctuation is on purpose. This was from an American woman at Ephesus who seemed desperate to speak English to someone, and let someone else know where she was from. She didn't even provide a space in her question/statement for a response from us, and then launched into a slightly not-very-fascinating historical fact about the rock that we were standing next too. I felt bad for her. I had this image of her learning this fact about the rock, and standing next to it for days and days, waiting for an english speaker to come along, so she could share the fact with someone.

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