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 …
... 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 ...
... hair, but I digress.)
Topkopi is where the Sultan lived with his wives, concubines, Chief Black Eunuch and other eunuchs, slaves, servants, guards and advisors. Compared to the Forbidden City and other castles and forts we’ve seen, Topkopi was downright warm and cozy with colorful tiles.
* Note: Harem does not mean roomful of naked, nubile women. It means “forbidden” – meaning people not on the list were forbidden to go into ...
... looking at us knowing what we'd just done!
That night we decided to go see the Great Gatsby. The man at reception bought our tickets online to an english screening and gave us directions on how to get there but we managed to jump on a tram heading in the wrong direction so got off at the next stop and hailded a cab. The cinema was in a large shopping centre which was 4 stories high and looked like a place I'd love to spend some time at! We exchanged ...
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