Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... all of the dogs had chips in their ears. They all looked healthy and well fed, clean coats and seemed to understand the people and the traffic. Dogs would sleep in the middle of parks and cats would take cover near shops. I would have pet and played with them all if I knew they were all friendly, and free of flees. But they were fun to watch.
After lunch, we made our trek back toward the hotel and passed the grand bazar on the way. The day was ...
... to the Hagia Sofia. Justinian built that to make a statement - and it was quite successful. If great structures were measured in the amount of scaffolding they had, the Hagia Sofia would be one of the greatest buildings in the world. We then entered the Basilica Cistern- it was unbelievable. It is the perfect setting for a thrilling book (Ashley recommends "Inferno" by Dan Brown). The weirdest parts were the two Medusa columns- ...
... The wind picked up and was icy cold even with the warm sun on us. We spent the afternoon wandering around, James tried a traditional hot drink off a street vendor (vanilla, milk, honey, rosebud, cinnamon and a few other things) that tasted like a custard or eggnog sort of thing. We tried a different place for dinner, not as nice as the last few nights but it reflected in the price. I had a vegetable Kebap and James had a chicken sish, once again we were given apple tea after our ...
... T-shirts and rugs. Most of the stuff we just passed but I did acquire a silk hand embroidered shawl for about $80 and a pair of hand made earrings for around $15. The first I had to barter for and got for about half the asking price, which probably means I paid too much but I do like it and the second was fixed price. The earrings came from a store run by a lady who hand embroiders little flowers into necklaces, earrings and broaches. It was beautiful work, I have never ...
... very few women dressed traditionally, in full burkas. We saw many wearing scarves to cover their head. Most are modern and dress like we do. We only saw a couple of men dressed traditionally, with the Fez cap on.
- We didn’t see any Asians on our travels until we reached Cappadocia.
- On boats, people didn’t wave unless I waved first.
- The Turks are very patriotic – the Turkish flag is ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking