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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 129

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41 THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 Ancient city's mosques, mystery captivating built in the 1450s, but take a quick 48 hours in ICTfinrn: ' ......... ;;;; . : t & traded it for three wooden spoons); and the porcelain museum. But the main attraction: John the Baptist's hand encased in a bronze cast (you can see the gray bones of the back of the hand) and part of his skull. Crowds also surround the brown-gold strands of Mohammed's beard encased in glass and his tooth kept in a gold box. Monday, midnight I woke up because my brass bed was dinging. I thought I must be moving, so I became very still. It kept dinging rhythmically like Morse code. I got out of bed and turned on the light. No dinging. I got back in bed, became very still and held my breath. It dinged. Ding-ding. Ding-ding-ding. Ding. Ding-ding-ding-ding. I finally went to sleep. Tuesday, noon The Covered Bazaar and the outdoor Egyptian Market. You could spend a day in this market, stroll through some of the 65 pedestrian lanes lined with 4,000 shops, and you get a peek at carpets, amber and onyx jewelry, gold jewelry, inexpensive leather bags and clothing, antique books good stuff and tourist souve nirs. You be the judge. Plan to negotiate to about 60 percent of the asking price. Tuesday, 4 p.m. Independence Street,' across the Golden Horn near the Pera Palas. Elegant 19th-century build ings with ornate stonework and bay windows line the pedestrian Independence Street, along with numerous galleries, movie the aters, cafes, and McDonald's, Bur ger King and a Pizza Hut. You'll want to walk around until it s time for dinner. Then stop in at any cafe. Tuesday, during the night No signs from Agatha. I think she gave up on me. N A T I O N A I Photo by CHERYL BLACKERBY You can see the bones of John the Baptist's hand at Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. SPLENDOUR of the SEAS NIGHT CRUISE LJ INT E R 'SPECIAL! Includes Port Changes ppdblocc $1 airfare additional From 4 12 rnvrnv mu mm ma u vm vwmwmwmiWMWWViv mm iib ? K U Jul !JL ! 1,000 years later. Inside the church-turned-mosque, you can see the Byzantine mosaics that were plastered over in the 16th century by Suleiman but rediscovered in the 1930s by archaeologists. A marble column, the Sacred Column, near the entrance, supposedly "weeps." It has been caressed so many times over the centuries, there's a hole through it. Local tradition says that if you put your thumb in the hole and turn your hand clockwise, making a full circle, your wish will come true. It wasn't easy, but I did it. (And, no, my wish didn't come true. On my next visit, I'll try counterclockwise.) Monday, 2 p.m. Topkapi Palace. This is the city's No. 1 tourist attraction the official residence of sultans and their harems from the 1450s until 1868. It covers the top of Seraglio Point, overlooking where the Golden Horn and the Bosporus meet. You've got to see these sights: The Harem, a maze of 400 opulent apartments and courtyards with eye-popping mosaics; the throne rooms (the thrones were about 5 feet wide to accommodate the rotund sultans); the Treasury, featuring the 84-carat Spoonmaker diamond (legend says a pauper cold water into his nose three times, then rinsed his face, his arms up to his elbows and the top of his head, each three times. Then he took off his combat boots and washed his feet three times. It was an ancient ritual. When he presented himself to God inside the mosque, he would be clean. I hoped my morning shower would suffice, and just took off my shoes at the entrance and put a scarf around my head. Inside, you immediately see why it's called the Blue Mosque it's decorated with 20,000 gleaming blue Isnik tiles. The mosque took eight years to build, starting in 1609. I immediately looked heavenward to the cavernous domes and stained-glass windows. 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It's a much-filmed, glamorous waterway lined by steep hillsides with medieval palaces and the minarets of some of the city's 1,000 mosques. ; Small fishing boats bobbed in huge wakes left by rusty freighters traveling down the center lane, rusty ferry boats crossing diagonally and gleaming mega-cruise ships booming their horns to make all! the riffraff get out of the way. The lack of collisions was remarkable. :: Monday, 10 a.m. ; ; The Blue Mosque. The six minarets of the huge, gray building pierced the fog of the cold morning. .' A lone soldier sat in front of a faucet outside of the mosque. He washed his hands three times and leaned down to rinse his mouth three times. He breathed the ice- MOLDOVA rxL UKRAINE RUSSIA Black Sea Ankara y, ANATOLIA : TURKEY -1 Mttiitfrrfinfan . J SYRIA Sea "rS .'-s N.Y. Times News Service If you go Hotel: The Hotel Pera Palas' rates start at about $90. For reservations, call 011-90-212-251-4560. 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