Optimist Hotel

At Meydani No:68 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey | B&B
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Travel Blogs from Istanbul

Turkish Delight

A travel blog entry by luckyobes


Gobble Gobble, we made it to Turkey, the land of no turkeys (we thought they'd be everywhere).

After our time in the Middle East, making our way into Europe is a real awakening that our trip is wrapping up, with our departure to the Americas in a month. We have many emotions, with bittersweet being at the top of the list. There is sadness that this travel adventure is towards the end, and happiness that we have home sweet home in our sights. ...

All the highlights of the old town

A travel blog entry by ahartry

... less to see, but it is at this level that you see the space as intended by the worshipper.

Leaving the church, we had to pause in the exit and turn around to view the final mural, which depicts two rulers holding cities. On the right is Constantine, and it supposedly shows the Donation of Constantine, that old fraud. The curators have put up a large mirror, which reflects the mural, as so many tourists were missing it on their way out.

From Hagia Sophia, we ...

Last day in Turkey

A travel blog entry by briankmcarthur


arrived last night from Cappadocia and just finished breakfast. Going to have a short workout and then get picked up for a Bosphorus river and Black Sea boat tour. Leaving for Johannesburg late tonight. Had a nice dinner on the roof top restaurant of the hotel which had a great view of the Blue Mosque @night ...


A travel blog entry by marinpoljak


... Cultural Contrasts

There is such a contrast of cultures and identity in Turkey. There is the conservative, covered up ultra-Muslim types, who I have only seen on TV or western Sydney, and then there is the more cosmopolitan, fashion conscious youth. One group is looking east and the other west. It is incredible to see how it all seems to work and function. If you have lived in a fairly monocultural neighbourhood, then this aspect will be most eye opening. I find myself ...

On our Own in Old Istanbul

A travel blog entry by wwatling


... walk back to 'our' bazaar- our landmark for the road home. We almost get lost again on the way. It's a pricey place to use as a landmark- we have to buy some more stuff while we're there. We also take the opportunity to visit the Great Palace Mosaics museum. You don't have to dig too deeply in Istanbul to find something of historical interest.The museum displays many of the floor mosaics in situ. It's a much smaller version of the mosaics in the terrace houses that ...

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This B&B, located in the Fatih area of Istanbul, is near Suleymaniye Mosque, Military Museum (Asker Muzesi), Sultanahmet Hamami, and Istanbul University.
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