Eski Konak Hotel
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... Cistern. This is a MUST SEE. The site was originally home to a basilica, and was converted to a cistern in the 6th century. It measures approximately 140 m long by 65 m wide, and has 336 marble supporting columns (2 of which have Medusa heads as their base - thought to have been brought to the cistern, that is not carved in place, for unknown reasons). This place is super eerie, and super cool.
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... I ended up finding a pair I liked but was quoted a ridiculous price. I offered what I though they were worth. The salesman insisted that he had started with his best price. No problem. I walked out. A Grand Bizarre shop that doesn't negotiate? What malarkey. The tout pleaded for me to stop in his scarf shop. All cheap ****. I began to leave and the tout called me 'rude’ for taking up his time and not buying anything. What a ****.
Up first thing this morning for a trip to four islands off the coast of Istanbul. Near to the hotel is a tram stop which serves as a direct route to Trabatas which is the boat terminal. The ferry boats are older and because today is a holiday they are very crowded. We boarded the ferry at 9:30. The first stop was at an island called Kialiada which used to be the summer retreat for the Armenian Bishop and the ...
... isn't much fun when you can't really buy anything. Although I managed to buy a black cashmere pashmina and bartered it down to half price - that's me sorted for the Iranian embassy on Monday! There were loads of beautiful lanterns I would have liked to buy but unfortunately they are not very practical for a back pack or to post home. While wandering round the Blue Mosque with no shoes on we all realised how much we missed carpet and joked about buying a rug for the ...
... time I offered her some eggplant we bought at the market. She harshly declined it. I kept insisting but she kept declining it. I gave up. Some spark initiated in her and I started to feel uncomfortable. I left. I walked back to my caravan park and spent the rest of the day with my family going around the beautiful city.
The days flew by and it was time to leave already. We packed up our caravans with newly purchased Roman gold and food supplies to last until our next stop.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsEski Konak Hotel Istanbul
This was an inexpensive clean hostel-like hotel. The location is perfect. The guests need to be in pretty good shape as there are lots of steps.
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