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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... was dry. Istanbul is the most westernised city in Turkey and, on arrival, we were surprised to see how modern it was. Towering skyscrapers surrounded mosques and the outskirts looked very European, although it became apparent that poorer housing could be next to newer developments. It is a huge city, housing thirteen million people, but ...
... Old Town, he tried, with difficulty, to explain different landmarks and asked where we were from. Istanbul didn't give me a wonderful first impression. The men are oogling your every move and they are everywhere! The jet leg probably made me less tolerant, so after some fruit and a look up at the terrace on the 4th floor, we decided to go to bed. In our single beds. In our miniatures room. ...
... and given spare money and a suitable place to put one without messy dogs, no doubt it would have been the right place to buy!
Gained better understanding (sort of) of the rise & fall of the Ottoman empire, in particular through the visit to the Dolmabache Palace, home of the last six Sultan’s – huge, incredibly ornate place with 14 tonnes of gold used in all sorts of fixtures and chandeliers also weighing several tonnes. Of ...
S: Oh, you are American! Where are you from?
S: Oh, Portland Oregon! Beautiful! I have seen many pictures. Much rain! (One guy allegedly had an aunt who lives in Oregon who had horses). You are very beautiful.
More general conversation about how the States are . . .
S: So, you need rug, yes?
H: No, thank you. I have a very small ...
... that some of my positive attitude I have learned to posses in life is because of her wonderful sprit.
Our last day in Istanbul was spent eating as much great food as we possibly fit in, which actually hasn't been an easy task, since the heat here has taken away much of our appetite. The food here is incredible! And there just isn’t enough time and desire to eat much as ...