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Once again, we got up early to go for a run - aiming for something ambitious since we knew we'd be sitting for most of the day as we traveled up to Istanbul by bus and ferry. There is a wooded, hilly, park area of Cunda Island and we headed for that. We ran through some nice scenes, like olive tree orchards (?) with seascape backdrops. I have a …
The Hagia Sophia is an amazing place. It is one of the oldest places of worship in the world, and it is the fifth largest church in the world (though it held the #1 spot for the nearly 1,000 years that it was a church). The Hagia Sophia was built in the 3rd or 4th century by the Emperor Justinian. When the Ottoman Turks took over the city, they converted the building into a mosque. Rather than destroying the Christian artwork, they ...
... Cracking weather. A seem less drive to our hotel. The basileus hotel, very friendly, caring staff even with the language barrier (although I think he may be a bit slow ) jokes. He showed us all the places to go, and where a waste of time would be, which is exactly what you want when we are only here for 4 days. Later this evening we took a stroll up towards the famous blue mosque and the Main ...
... sheep kidneys/brains) wrapped in sheep intestines basted with sheep tail fat. We were brave, chewed, swallowed and lived to tell the tale.
Walking on a bit further on, we stopped in the courtyard of what used to be a caravan stop. The ground floor used to have room for wares and the camels carrying them; the upper level was rooming for the vendors. The building has been redone slightly and now there are only ...
... around and bought some cute things from the vendors. I found some of my favorite scarves there. Mehtap even bought me one that I loved so much after I couldn't get the vendor to bargain with me about the price. I will always remember her and her effortless happiness whenever I wear it. We then drank some tea and finished soaking up our last bits of Turkish charm. Unfortunately, we all knew our trip was coming to a close.
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TravelPod Member Reviews5oda Istanbul
Excellent place to stay. I highly recommend 5 Oda.
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