Faros Hotel Taksim
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After the extended flight, we moved through customs smoothly and met up with our tour guide, Oscar, at Ataturk Airport. Oscar seemed to capture the spirit of Istanbul a bit himself: he seemed hurried, but he was charming in a sense that even pure-bred Americans can appreciate. On the way to St. Antoine's church, Oscar taught us a few Turkish phrases and told us just a bit about Istanbul. When we arrived at St. Antoine's, after ...
... she went straight to bed. I went wandering around the accommodation, we were staying at a very modern hip university apartment/hotel - Republika Ortakoy Apartments. It was complete with gym, games room, cafeteria, laundry etc etc. With a 28 km run looming, I would have loved to have done it the following morning but with no water or route planning I kicked it into touch and decided to hit the treadmill in the morning for a 10km run. The following morning I guilted the ...
... to a plaza a few kilometers from the hostel, gestured vaguely that my hotel was 'just over there' and popped the boot for me to retrieve the Wife - my pack. As I trudged along the famous Istiklal Caddesi, racing against 3am, silently wishing over and over that all of my driver's children would become drug addicts, I shouldered my way through the numberless throng of merrymaking sots and booze-hounds from every corner of the globe which breeds that particular brand of cretinous, ...
... spacious. The movie was very entertaining for me and surprisingly about half way through, the movie just stopped and the lights came on. I initially thought something broke and said I would go tell someone but one of the other moviegoers next to me said it was a 10 minute intermission break. It was funny because there wasn't any warning of the movie stopping or for that matter no warning the movie was starting again. It just did.
... note of a few annoying rinsers to keep clear of). The group is about 20 people, mostly Aussie, kiwis and a yank. We had a group dinner before we shot off for the night. Was a good way to meet everyone and try some more authentic food. I also tried a local Turkish beer called Efes which was pretty damn good. The plan for the next day was to go inside Hagia (Aya) Sofia and the Blue Mosque with the group. Update to ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet