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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
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Istanbul is a city of nearly 20 million people, originally built on seven hills. Since our visit to Istanbul was for only 3 days, we decided to stay in Sultanamet, the oldest walled part of the city. It has most of the famous historical sites and the most tourists. Our hotel, the Rast, was a small, older boutique hotel with a terrace that provided …
... out any more as I was about to leave behind he euro for the rest of my trip that afternoon. Apparently €2 was enough for this lady so I spent a great deal of my time that afternoon using their wifi and sitting in the sunshine. I did attempt to go and find a cafe or restaurant that would accept payment by card so I wouldn't have to get any euro, but I had no luck and was forced to get some out - who'd have thought that none of the restaurants around the main ...
... trip! Luckily the stops were at a minimum and we made good pace. Just on half way to Istanbul, Owen took over and we started to get a few spits of rain. We hadn't had rain in weeks, and this was turkey, how bad could it get?! I joked that the people stopped on highway were confused as to how to turn on the windscreen wipers on, and welcomed the rain and temp change, it was only a light shower anyways - oh how wrong I was! As we climbed higher and higher in ...
... to the next hostel. We got the tram to sultanahmet, the area with all the mosques and ottoman buildings etc, and walked to our hostel, which is about a block from a giant square between the blue mosque and the aya Sofia; every morning we'll be treated to quite a spectacular sight. When we arrived, we checked in and spent ages just lying around. We went upstairs and sat on the terrace (where there is a restaurant and bar) and had a ...
... the finest calligraphy of the Quram. Topkapi was a palace/ castle, fortress garrison during the late Ottoman period, but it has beautiful gardens where ancient sycamores dating to Roman times are still thriving. Again I have no words to express my awe at all this beauty and greatness.
The next day we took a boat ride on the Bosporus, I'd like to upload videos and have uploaded one only because it takes much too much time to do.