I loved today … although I didn't get to see the museum. It was an excuse for an adventure I wouldn't otherwise have taken -- it's good to have a destination. Today was my day to explore Istanbul's ferries. Very fun. I went from Beskitas to Uskudar. Then walked alongside the Bosphorus (stopped for tea on the way) past Harem. I hadn't read any of the Trip Advisor posts before going … Stopped at the very PINK Harem Hotel to ask directions. He tried calling the place but no answer. He gave me directions to walk, but I walked the wrong way -- went up a side street and had freshly made pide (which is kind of like pizza without the red sauce) and in the shape of a boat. Eventually, walked up into the military complex (on the map it looks like it's called Selimiye). Went through security. Talked to some very nice Turkish soldiers who called the commander and … got turned away. Given info to fax my passport … Walked back and took the ferry from Harem to Emininou … metro to Taksim. So much fun exploring Istanbul and getting to the "Asian" side (where it seems less English is spoken)!
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