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Today I'm leaving for a week-long trip to Istanbul. As many of you know, I lived in Istanbul for three years in the mid-90s; I last visited in 2000. In the last decade, Istanbul has experienced intense change. When I left, the population was about 9 million - now it is almost 15 million. Metro and light ...
... to collect our bags at the Baggage Claim. We took a people carrier from the airport. It was very comfortable and could easily fit the whole Rashid Family. In the carrier, we could see the sea. There were many boats and ships on the water. When we arrived at the Antea Palace Hotel(FYI this is the hotel were staying at) we managed to check into our rooms. We all slept peacefully after we got our bearings. ...
... of the lower deck because we were done shopping, not that we shopped much anyway. We decided to take the tram the last mile, took a guess at what stop we needed hoping it would be closer than the one we walked to in the morning, and we hit it almost perfectly.
We loved Istanbul for the adventure it gave us and for the opportunities to explore such a different culture. The kids loved seeing the mosques and the unique customs, but it will probably be ...
Feeling about 75% today, I decided we should chance it and get out and about. So before our food tour at 6pm with Salih, we hit the Grand Bazaar for a couple of hours of window shopping. The place is like a big maze, with little way of telling which way is up, which way is down. As I walked through, I kept reminding myself that this was no ordinary shopping mall but really a museum. From the domed ceilings to the sloping corridors ...
... and then realize he would have studied it's main teachings to better understand how to present Christ to Muslims more effectively. Paul's strength to me was his ability to adapt his Christian faith to the prevailing narrative of his day, a strength we very much need now. I've broken my low profile only once thus far, stumbling upon a boisterous Hagia Sophia guide teaching complete, blatant and utter anti-Semitic falsehoods to a visiting Saudi family. The guide saw my ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsNew Galata Istanbul
Excellent place to stay. I highly recommend 5 Oda.
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