Bostanci Prenses Hotel
Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... napped but I enjoyed the view. Istanbul is really beautiful and a really amazing mix of old and new. It's much more westernised and modern than I expected, although it is clear that women are not treated as equals and they are highly religious. We had a group dinner tonight with the 11 newbies that had joined today. I had Turkish wine, hummus, and aubergine and beef kebab which was so yummmmy! Everyone had an early night, off to Sofia ...
... town. Our cab inches its way to our destination and we are immediatley impressed with the Windstar cruise staff. We are met at the kerb side and ushered quite quickly through customs and on board. The room allocation system is qucik and we are soon on deck. Carol and I opt for a chamagne but when Carol ask what they serve she is told "Bubleco" by our Philipino waiter. "never heard of it "say Carol. "Real champagne" says the waiter. "I show you" ...
In our two days at Istanbul, we went to the "Blue Mosque" famous for its tiles on the walls and roof. You couldn't even tell they were tiles they looked like paintings until you look closely but it was crowded with visitors so the atmosphere wasn't very nice. We also visited a smaller mosque but just as good called "Rustem Pasa Camii (mosque). Which had a lovely big crystal chandelier and hardly any tourists. On the way to "Rustem Pasa" we went through the "Egyptian Bazaar" and every once ...
... upon the remnants of the last city. At the excavation site mud bricks have been found dating back to Troy 1 - 4500 years ago. There was a great fire at the end of the 13th century ( around the time of the Trojan War ( of famous Trojan Horse infamy). Then redeveloped (Troy 2) and again abandoned in about 1000 BC. Then the Greeks arrived (Troy 3) then the Persians, Alexander the Great, Selevkosians, the Pergamon kingdom and then the Romans. So layers of ...
... and stories are revealed, she can be proud of her accomplishment. I'm just not sure she looks at it as an"accomplishment" yet. She will. She talks about the cats, fish, plants and her home and I know she misses them. No, she doesn't mention Russ, the ticket man.
So now the plan is to leave the ship tomorrow and go to the Grand Bazaar with 4000 stores and the Egyptian Spice Bazaar. I found today that the Topkopi Palace is closed ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility