Travel Blogs from Istanbul, Turkey

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Turkish Delight (Lokum), Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Turkish Delight (Lokum)

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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Today, our last day in Istanbul and Turkey, there were three priorities; A) to revisit the Spice Market, B) to go to a specific shop for some Turkish delight and C) to catch the correct night bus back to Bulgaria. A) came first, after a typically ...

Gallipoli, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Gallipoli

A travel blog entry by daveaway

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... cute German girls. What they were doing there not even they really knew, but I plan to see them again when I return to Istanbul. I did witness something rather hysterical when I was on the bus back to Istanbul however. We had just taken the ferry across ...

Back on the road, Jack, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Back on the road, Jack

A travel blog entry by the-rambler

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  From Istanbul to Istanbul, in a year. Seems like only yesterday I was arriving in Turkey, from Russia, before doing a quick turnaround and heading off to Indonesia for a guest stint on a broadsheet startup. It was, only that was 2008 and this is ...

Warmer Climes, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Warmer Climes

A travel blog entry by kimandmartin

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... . Shannon had travelled very little previously, but John had been to Turkey twice before, so spoke some Turkish. Istanbul (population 15 million), Turkey's major city (and a huge sprawling city it is), is like a piece of Turkish delight waiting to be ...

Grand Bazaar and the Istanbul Archaeology Museum, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Grand Bazaar and the Istanbul Archaeology Museum

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... main museum (with one of the best collections of Ancient Greek and Roman statuary in the world, plus an interesting 'Istanbul Through The Ages' exhibition), a tile pavilion, a collection of Ancient Greek and Roman sarcophagy and the Ancient Orient ...

Istanbul not Constantinople, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Istanbul not Constantinople

A travel blog entry by coryandlaura

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... would have the option for the tours. My brother has a friend that asked for us to get in contact with his family while in Istanbul and we were not going to do any optional tours. The guilt was piled on but we had already decided that we were not going to ...

Knumbness, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Knumbness

A travel blog entry by 2totango

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I have not felt much regarding going home.  Not elation, not even sadness, just nothing.  I don’t know if I’m not willing to admit our trip is over or what.  Over the last few weeks, every time I picture going back to Canada, I ...

Seat by the window = lots of photos taken!, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Seat by the window = lots of photos taken!

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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Not much to write about our flight from Kayseri to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen, but I was lucky enough to get a window seat, so I took lots of photos. The views were amazing, especially of the coastline of the Sea of Marmara as we got closer and closer to ...

Back in Istanbul..One Year Later, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Back in Istanbul..One Year Later

A travel blog entry by everywhere

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... On our way to the train station to buy a ticket, we stopped for a cold drink at a kebab restaurant.  Istanbul, well all of Turkey, is smoking hot in June....like in the high 30's, low 40's hot.......lots of drinks needed. Long story (as ...

Gobble Gobble, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Gobble Gobble

A travel blog entry by jsnicka

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... . I spend the afternoon inside the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. These are the two most fantastic and grandiose structures in Istanbul, Turkey, even the world. Quite a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Before the sun went down I made my way ...

Turkish reflections, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Turkish reflections

A travel blog entry by everywhere

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... and I am afraid to say these were the huge majority,  will be forgotten soon I hope. I had been in Turkey before - last year - but only in Istanbul, and had loved it.  Jan had not been here before and was coming from a month in Egypt backpacking ...

Modern Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Modern Istanbul

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... main pedestrian street, leads down the hill from the square, so we got some good views from there. Although part of modern Istanbul, Beyoglu still has some historic buildings. As soon as we'd crossed the square we found a small art gallery which turned ...

Istanbul Adventures, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Istanbul Adventures

A travel blog entry by jeroenandlinda

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... , spinach filled pastries, dates and olives in various variations. After our breakfast we headed out into the madness that is called Istanbul, or better Constantinople. First we headed back to the travel agent that we found around the corner of the hotel ...

I don't know how I feel about heights, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

I don't know how I feel about heights

A travel blog entry by coryandlaura

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... Bridge. The galata bridge was filled with restaurants selling fresh seafood. We were saving our appetite for our favorite restaurant in Istanbul, Omar's. Our friends from Develi spices were so excited to see us. Even Baba, the patriarch was happy to ...

Final few days in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Final few days in Istanbul

A travel blog entry by marshallmatters

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... see Jose Gonzalez and Antony and the Johnsons playing.  The venue was a very intimate place next to the hospital in the centre of Istanbul.  Jose Gonzalez played first and for me (Pat) he was very average. I don't know much of his music but he ...

Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Istanbul

A travel blog entry by lucinate

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... world (until St Peter's in Rome was built). It was changed into a mosque by commander Mehmet II when he took charge of Istanbul in 1453. The guilded mosaics were covered in plaster in about 726 - 843 AD when all images other than the cross were ...

Back to Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Back to Istanbul

A travel blog entry by tracystravels

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Arrived back to Istanbul this am via overnight train...it was pretty hilarious because at times it seemed like the train would jump its tracks throughout the night...up and down, side to side, stop here then go etc...it was quite amusing.  We had a ...

Aya Sofia and The Archeological Museum, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Aya Sofia and The Archeological Museum

A travel blog entry by tracystravels

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... spent the morning at the magnificent Aya Sofia.  Just as good as the first time I saw it many years ago when I visited Istanbul with my mom.  Loads of people but the huge structure still took my breath away.  As before, there was a huge ...

One of the most amazing cities in the world!, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

One of the most amazing cities in the world!

A travel blog entry by tracystravels

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... building.  Quite lovely. Took the ferry back early evening as the sun was setting against the islands and skyline of Istanbul.  The wind was whipping around and cooling the air, the sound and sights of the mammoth seagulls all around.  ...

Europe meets Asia - the great divide..., Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Europe meets Asia - the great divide...

A travel blog entry by marktjhung

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... a city filled with constant excitement, it still shines above the rest. Taksim? Brilliant. The list of brilliant istanbul features continues, especially the consumables: turkish coffee, apple tea, water pipes, turkish delight, chicken rice that ...

Back to Europe, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Back to Europe

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... had an early start in the morning. Late afternoon we started out on a walk round the corner to the Arasta Bazaar and the Istanbul Handicrafts Market, but only about 100m away from the hotel Dave stubbed his toe and it was bleeding, so we went back to our ...

A Pleasant Ride to Istanbul...Well, Sort of!, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

A Pleasant Ride to Istanbul...Well, Sort of!

A travel blog entry by bodynsoul2

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... :-/ There was an interactive video of map where it showed the flight itinerary.  Ya cudda see the picture of the plane goin' from Istanbul to Accra in arrow.  Do ya see how vast the Sahara Desert? The flight to Accra was not enjoyable as it wuz ...

Icmeler to Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Icmeler to Istanbul

A travel blog entry by marshallmatters

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... take note! Afetr what seemed like forever the sun came up and we boarded the ferry for the final stint in our journey to Istanbul. This crossing over the Sea of Marmara was to shave 5 hours off the journey time. After a rather hair raising dodgy cab ...

The Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern & more, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

The Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern & more

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... entirely sure why they were placed there. After we left the cistern we went into a shop where we bought postcards, a book about Istanbul and a fridge magnet, and Dave picked up a free book of cartoons by a Turkish cartoonist. After this we went back to ...

Its Istanbul not Constantinople, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Its Istanbul not Constantinople

A travel blog entry by hancocjb

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... 70 kilometers on a coach to the city center. The entire 70 km drive was through city as densly populated as downtown San Francisco. Istanbul is by far the largest city either of us have been in. Its population is well over 16 million in the city limits ...

Day of Pamper (Turkish bath!), Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Day of Pamper (Turkish bath!)

A travel blog entry by sojanet

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... breakfast place online.  The place apparently served Pope at one point.  http://www.themarmarahotels.com/The-Marmara-Istanbul/index.asp Indeed the place was fancy and expensive.  We indulged in fruit pancakes with Canadian syrup, ...

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Topkapi Palace

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... into), we continued through the next gate into the second courtyard. We didn't have to pay at this point because we'd bought Istanbul Museum Cards on our first day, which allows free entry into lots of famous attractions within a 5 day period. From the ...

Bootlegged Bosphorous Tour, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Bootlegged Bosphorous Tour

A travel blog entry by sojanet

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Soo bootlegged.  Only 2 hours long.  Ghetto plastic chairs.  Did not go past the fortress.  The only saving grace was the view and ...

The Spice Market & a taste of Asia, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

The Spice Market & a taste of Asia

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... from a shop nearby. Before we set off to find it, however, we went to different shop nearby which apparently has the best baklava in Istanbul - at least we tried to find it, but didn't manage to - it was supposed to be in the main market, but around where ...

Planning, planning, planning!, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Planning, planning, planning!

A travel blog entry by sojanet

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... Laura and I figured we are too tired to go out to karaoke with our friends, so we decided to just go watch tonight's game (Turkey vs. Hungary).  Hasan told us that his team's colors were blue and yellow, so we showed up wearing blue dresses... then ...

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