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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
March 17 through April 1st, 2014
Alaturka Elegance Hotel ($52) Double including breakfast
(Fatih, Akbıyık Cd No:3, Istanbul - Europe, Turkey)
Extended Stay in Istanbul
We extended our stay in Istanbul and had to find a different hotel. Emirhan no longer had room for us. March is not yet high season and I …
Mom and I headed out for a late lunch at 4:12 p.m., shortly after arriving at our lodging, Hotel Alaturka, after flying from Washington to Istanbul via Newark. I ate an Adana spicy kebab, which was tasty, at the restaurant across the street from the hotel.
Back to the hotel at 5:18, then headed out for a walk at 5:45. We didn't have any …
Four days sampling the friendly, vibrant, perplexing crossroads that is Istanbul is just a teaser, a powerful introduction to an intriguing country balanced between two continents. So many must-see sites kept us on the tourist track for much of the visit and leave us yearning for more.
Hotel: Hotel Alaturka, Sultanahmet …
... part of Istanbul. We got off at Taksim Square and had coffee and a sandwich and then carried on walking. We couldn't find another red bus stop so ended up walking across the Bosphorus on one of the bridges which has a walkway across, and back to our hotel. We walked through yet another Bazaar - this time the Spice Bazaar with all kinds of spices including saffron being offered for sale. I don't know how any kilometres we have walked today but it's a lot! Got to be good for us.
... 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 ...
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