Travel Blogs from Istanbul
Just missed the floods the week before in Istanbul but had some cloudy days with light rain. Had a great hotel location and could walk everywhere. Went to the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Sophia Museum, Spice bazaar, river boat trip and of course experienced a Turkish bath (which was quite an experience and apparently not typical so I am not …
... man found out we were from NZ he gave us a book instead of selling it to us. Another man took us to the red bus depot.
We joined the considerable queue at the Blue Mosque to have a look through. Tourists off a cruise were already there and it took quite a long time to get through. As we waited in line hawkers were trying to sell scarves as women have to have their heads covered to enter. However, staff will kit you out for free if you are not suitably attired. ...
On Monday morning Asli dropped me off at the metro station in 4. Levent. The Istanbul metro is new, but somehow the designers were able to capture the gritty feel of the NYC MTA. I don't know how to express it. The station interior is utilitarian, and covered in a fine layer of grime. It is new and old; the look is timeless. When a train approaches, a cow appears on the electronic signboard with the words "the train is cooooming!" Why a cow? No idea.
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Side note: When I got to Cappadocia a few days ago I couldn’t find my Boston Red Sox hat. I was pretty ****** because it’s not like me to lose things, and I’ve only been on the road for a few weeks. I went across the street this morning to Antique Hostel on the off chance I left and there, and BINGO! They had it waiting for me at the front desk. Lucky ...
... to answer the question, rather I smiled enigmatically and moved on.
On the whole, I was really taken with the beauty of Istanbul, its historical greatness and its strategic power. I wish I’d come here earlier so I would have had the energy to embrace it a little more, but wandering the crooked streets of Istanbul is the walk the paths of sultans and kings, popes, patriarchs and prophets, crusaders and poets. And, it turned out, this was enough for ...
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Business Services
- Free parking