Mert Apart

Yenikoy Mah. Mars Mabedi Cad. No: 31, Istanbul, 34120, Turkey | Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Istanbul

Culture shock (again)

A travel blog entry by karyn512 on Sep 11, 2014

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... cool thing about Istanbul is that non-Muslims can go into mosques unlike in Morocco. You just have to wear something covering your shoulders and knees (no shorts) and women have to cover their heads. We left our shoes outside and I put my scarf on and we went in. The tile work in the mosque was gorgeous. It turned out to be Little Hagia Sophia - the big one is now a museum in the center of the old town - but we didn't know that when we went in. It was beautiful ...

Livin' like the locals!

A travel blog entry by tuscany05 on Jun 20, 2014

4 comments, 19 photos

... century Genoese tower for some amazing views of the city! By then we were exhausted, so we hopped on a tram back to our hotel area. Finished it up with dinner on a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Sea of Marmara. After resting our feet, I think a stroll for dessert is definitely in order! Tomorrow the plan is to take an all day ferrry cruise up the Bosphorous to the end of the line, in ...

I love this city

A travel blog entry by ldschaub on Jun 03, 2014

1 comment, 19 photos

... other letters and number combinations. Next step was to fill out paperwork to ship my bag of stuff. There was a man who worked at the post office who spoke a little English and told me I should be able to fill out the paperwork, purchase a box and mail my items once my number was called. So I filled out my paperwork as best I could and waited. An hour went by and they had only gotten to P003 so I didn't have high hopes I would get through. But once ...

Tour begins

A travel blog entry by melcraig on Sep 29, 2013

... grounds for the early Turks. Nor the home of an obelisk sail, rolled and tilled into place over a 6month timeframe from Egypt to where it stands today. A statue of metal from the gladiator war, and finally a tower that was meant to be more impressive than the gift of the obelisk however the ruler ran out of money so now looks very standard. Blue mosque, we had 30mins to visit before prayer time begin at 12. Muslims ...

Hurry Up and Wait

A travel blog entry by kolinger3 on Aug 26, 2013

12 photos

... The Grand Hyatt is definitely grand. After a quick exploration of the grounds we again meet our guide, Esin and driver. We go to yet another major attraction, Topkapi Palace, which was the center of the Ottoman government and the court for about 400 years. Thirty -five direct heirs of the original sultan, the longest direct line of lineage in history. "Fast track" tickets get us past the humongous ...

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