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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 …
... one of the great cities of the world. People have been living here since 700 BC and now is home to more than 17 million folks, including over a million recent refugees from Syria. The various names of the city reflect its history. The first settlers were Greek and the French later coined the name Byzantium after the Greek Byzas. At the time it was simply known as "the city." In the fourth century AD (330 AD to be precise), Constantine moved the capital ...
... lunch cravings caused us to seek out an American indulgence we eyed on our stroll the previous day: Shake Shack. It was THE BEST burger we have had since we left the States. And they didn't charge extra for ketchup - bonus. After lunch, we took the 2:30pm tour of the Bosphorus Strait. The Bosphorus Strait (don't dare call it a river) officially separates the European and Asian continents and links the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara and eventually the Mediterranean. ...
... everywhere for the tours. ‘Bosphorous Bosphorous Bosphorous!’ they yell. Outside of every monument, mosque, bazaar and wherever else tourists roam, touts follow. Andrew is currently pretending that he does not understand English and is German; there are loads of German tourists here! Today, outside the Blue Mosque, the tout asked if he wanted to know about James Bond (one of the latest Bond movies was filmed around the Grand Bazaar and other ...
... I have seen. The blue tiling is the reason for its nickname as the blue mosque, its real name is Sultan Ahmed mosque. Due to it being prayer time we skipped Hagia Sophia and headed to the Basilica cistern. The Basilica cistern is an under ground water reserve which has been well conserved. The added lighting against the old columns gives the underground area a mystical feel. Keep an eye out for the myriad fish which swim around too! There are also two medusa head stones ...