Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... we had Mehmet to really tell us what we were looking at as we cruised up to the second bridge on the European side and back on the Asian one. The loudspeaker announcements were less than complete but Mehmet's descriptions really made the area come alive.
Then we started walking from the Galata Bridge along the Golden Horn. The first stop was the Church of St. George and the Greek Orthodox Patriachate. This unassuming church and wood building complex ...
... ramshackle group of buildings, that could have been home for some time, I stumbled into a group of 7 Russian bikers, who were on a 2 week trip from Moscow to Istanbul, then on to Tbilisi and back to Moscow. That seemed like a lot of riding with not a lot of time for stopping. However, from the well worn outfits, touring was clearly a passion they all shared. They looked at me with a little disdain given my pristine kit gave me away as a novice, however, their countenance ...
... Built between 532 and 537, it served as a church until the Ottoman's took over in 1453 and converted it into a mosque. Now, it functions only as a museum, rather than a place of religious worship. Apart from its sheer age and engineering feat, I was interested to observe the church to mosque conversions, as Christian elements have been partially uncovered. For instance, each corner of the domed ceiling has a feathered ...
... Kara and I had recently started playing in the hotel so we thought this would be the perfect memento from the trip and something we could potentially have for a long time.
The lamps and rugs are gorgeous and affordable as well but we were scared to ship the lamps and a rug project was a little more than we could undertake and it seems like at this stage in our lives, we have a high probability of ruining a rug but maybe a backgammon board ...
... Just before I reach the Blue Mosque area (where the hostel is) a shop that sells candy, drinks and cigarettes also has a pile of packing tape. Naturally.
I just want to point out that it feels like everyone in Istanbul is trying to hustle you or sell you something and hustle you while selling. After I bought the big bag of sponges, despite wearing my 5-Ass Monkeys Trivia team shirt and wearing shorts, I must have blended into with the locals because ...
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- Continental Breakfast
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
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