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Get up and out early! I was at Topkapi Palace at 9am and nobody was there! No lines for the wonderful exhibit of religious artifacts, including clippings from the prophet Mohammed's beard. Other friends didn't get there until noon and waited in line for over an hour. Got a fabulous free poster from the exhibit that I managed to get home and frame. Beautiful old Ottoman writing in gold foil on a burgundy background.
By noon I'd seen all of Topkapi, the Cisterns, and was visiting with my friend, Nurdogan, at Les Arts Turcs.
Ride the tram! It's inexpensive and easy. Purchase your ticket at the kiosk nearby (sometimes you really have to look around for it) then just shove your way on. It can be really crowded.
We stayed near the train station and I'd ride the tram up the hill and walk back down. It's maybe a 15-20 minute walk.
The entrance can be a little hard to find, it's on a side street by Hagia Sophia, just to the left when facing Hagia Sophia. Fee was 10 lira, about $10 back in 2008. It's interesting and not very crowded.
Full of mood lighting, music, water, and sideways or upside down Medusa heads.
Go to the "Egyptian Spice Market". It's where the locals go, so few tourists and no hassles. And of course, lots of spices!
Eat the snails! They're really good!
Pick out a food stall in the square that is full of Moroccans and wait for a vacant seat. Get a bowl of steaming hot snails with broth for 5 dirham, that's less than $1. And of course, eat seconds if you're still hungry.
Looking at beautiful galabeyas in Meknes. Just looking. Actually I really want them all but can't carry them.
Most merchants will let you take photos of their wares, but not them. Moroccans don't like to have their pictures taken, so always ask first.
Lovely plates, shisha pipes and tiny tagines for sale.
There is a "Hop-on Hop-off Bus" in Marrakech. It costs about $16 and the ticket is good for 24 hours. Goes by all the major tourist attractions and there are two routes. It is great for getting the lay of the land so to speak.
You buy your ticket, get on the bus, get off at any stop, sight see, get back on when another bus comes by. How easy is that?
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