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... as Belgium. Let me explain, chocolate aside Belgium is pretty boring, nothing much really happens, the motorways are long, straight and flat and this is what we found with Serbia as we crawled through traffic jams. At about 5 in the afternoon we realised that our rather optimistic plan for reaching Istanbul that day was looking unachievable as we were still two borders and one country away. A brief assessment of the situation and we decided to push on and try and at ...
... When the customers inside left, he started pulling out all the kilims.
I can't say I'm a kilim expert, but I know a few things. Wool on wool is the most durable weave. The kilim should be woven tightly. Weird bright colors indicate synthetic dye; natural dyes are more desirable as they wear better. I ended up buying a tight wool/wool kilim that is supposedly from the 60s and made in Konya. After I picked what I liked, Mehmet said, "do you want the price, or shall ...
I would love to say that this place was just like home, but I would lying. You see, Dearborn is deadly boring, sometimes small minded and mostly limiting in all sorts of ways - I bag and trash it all the time. I mean, who doesn't do that about their home town. I have my fair share of criticism, perhaps it is why I left so long ago. But, I will always return to our little quaint village and read about the mediocrity of people on ...
... down on an elderly Turkish woman sitting below. There was a lot of blood and chaos as the captain came running out. This is when the boat started drifting sideways into the dock. Luckily the women, although very sore, was okay and the captain returned to the helm. We got of the boat pretty quickly and headed straight for the street food.
On the advice of Jose, our American friend, I bought a fish sandwich, which was thrown to me from a boat tied up to the ...
... baptistery was impressively monumental. Some hours later, after a bit more wandering around, we picked up some provisions in the mini-supermarket and, after a look across the water to the moored cruise ships, we went back for a nibble and to rest our paws. As the afternoon turned into the evening, we visited the vast Byzantine cistern that someone found a few years ago, while digging a cellar in his house. Imagine his surprise when he came upon a ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Akcinar Istanbul
It was my first visit to Turkey and these guys made the time there very easy and enjoyable. I used the hotel as the starting point of my travels, it's easily in reach of a lot of the main tourist sites and handy for the trams and trains.
The staff organised a airport transfer for us which at 10pm on a Friday was just what weary travellers needed!
The staff were excellent, very helpful and always on hand.
Our room was a small double, not much room to walk around and a little cramped for two people with huge rucksacks but this was not a major issue. The cleanliness of the facilities was very good and the bed a very welcome rest for weary, airplane knotted muscles!
The breakfast was good and plentiful.
Wi-Fi service was slow to start with but later was excellent.
All in all a very good establishment, I would stay again!
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