Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... definitely do not do justice.
A short walk then to Hagia Sofia, another mosque with four minarets is large enough to enclose Paris' Notre Dame' cathedral or the Statue of Liberty ( without the torch).. Hard to imagine...but it's massive. Byzantine style and adorned inside with marble pillars from ancient Ephesus. It is now a museum and a UNESCO heritage site.
Underneath Istanbul are the underground cisterns where the town's water supply was ...
... t quite get the concept of queues! For all the hype I didn't think very highly of it.. just an empty stone structure. Well, I've admitted to being a heathen before! There was a very friendly cat who had learned to pose for pics.. not that cats are really what we went in to see :-)
The heat was getting to us.. 33 degrees and 90% humidity was too much... we boarded the Hop on Hop Off bus without the hop on hop off facility :-) Taking the bus through the Europe side ...
... we were informed that all flights were full and we were crazy to be traveling during the holidays! Funny since we had called the day before and the fights supposedly looked "good" for standby. Luckily our next option, Lufthansa, was much more optimistic and put us on a late evening flight but that meant a 9 hour layover :-(......nothing too surprising for this crew. Bags were ...
... for a look. I had corn on the cob (yum) tried some pomegranate nougat and Turkish baklava. Headed into Galata Tower and walked up the Main Street to Taskim Square where the riots are on. It was calm. We ran into Jay + Rita which was the best surprise! A familiar face! And gobbled down cheesecake before the riots burst out ...
... the most amazing bread that looked like a huge loaf of thick bread but was in fact very thin crust of bread full of hot air!
we were then taken to the Grand Bazaar and left to our devices to get home. this was a it of a shock for us as we had no idea how to get to our Hotel. I hadn't taken my IPad along so no offline map! But we have mouths (asked the tourist Police)and means and eventually got back to our Hotel.....exhausted. Sleep here we ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center