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Sounds and sights
Favorite thing: Hearing the call to pray.
Galata, The ferry port ( Eminönü) at night and where we stopped, Beyoglu.
Fondest memory: Watching latest Batman movie at an old cinema. Allocated tickets, then escorted to are seats. It was full by 6 and then 8 people. "Let’s movie down a bit". Looked over shoulder and there was the attendant. Guess what!? He put the next two right behind are party of four. There must have been at least 50 empty seats. Yes it’s one of the smaller screens and not running digital.
You may not this funny but keep reading.
Before the movie stared i noted the small speakers all 10-12 of them. OMG the sound, when action started. I was partial deaf before the half hour. The inside was really hot. The intermission came with no warning. Then 3/4 of the way into the movie, on came the air conditioning, although now deaf we fought to hear the climax. That was some moviee. The IMAX was just less than 50 metres away. Not since a child have i been to a cinema like that.
We then came out at the side of the building right into a smoking den, so many pipes and red eyes every where, then turn back into the heaving mass of people and headed home gone midnight.
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The 'new' Istanbul
Favorite thing: Most of us head to Istanbul for the Ottoman sights - the mosques et al. But time is also spent across the Golden Horn in the 'European' part of the city - 19th century development by wealthy Turks and Europeans who came to live in the city. Here is the centre of night-life - bars, cafes, clubs etc as well as the more 'everyday' part of the city.
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