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... relaxing than decompressing after a long day of bargaining. And let me tell you, it was wonderful. So soothing after such a busy today trying to pack in Istanbul!
And yet, my day was not done!! Being so close to Asia, we had to make sure we at least stepped foot there, so we decided to cross the bridge for dinner. The whole group booked entertainment for our dinner which happened to be belly dancing. And who was the ...
... the upcoming election was to the residents of Istanbul (if the recent protests hadn't already) as political banners and flags greeted us at every turn. We found ourselves on Istiklal Street through a mixture of design and luck and picked our way through the crowds along Istanbul's answer to Oxford Street. When we made it to Taksim square, we stopped for a while to take it all in, before finding a bar. We weren't stuck for choice, but it was ...
... area where the troops would have had a better chance. ANZAC cove had a memorial and several gravestones on a grassed area behind the stoney beach and there were several other Australians wandering quietly among the gravestones. It was a very sobering and moving experience. Lone Pine was next and along with the single pine tree there was a large sandstone memorial with the names of all the fallen Australian and New Zealand troops engraved on its walls. There were a few ...
... over looking 'the old city'.
The next few days we maximised our tourist capabilities and explored key sites that the unique city of Istanbul had to offer. mixture
The Blue Mosque Istanbul's most prominent landmark where Andrea quickly learnt how to tie on a head dress, Topkapi Palace the old sultans residence and seat of the supreme executive and judiciary council, the grand bazaar the oldest and largest covered market place literally a ...
... barely muster the strength to peel off my useless raincoat and slumped in a chair as a man brought over a cay, it's saucer lined with sugar cubes - thank goodness for mothering Turks.
With the sugary dreads came the realization Id made it to Istanbul. The path from Holland had felt long and for a long time impossible. I sat on the brink of Europe smoking a water pipe and supping a few beers, leg one behind me and possibilities of Asia and Africa ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
TravelPod Member ReviewsARN Aruna Hotel Istanbul
+5 clean, near to every historical place, 2m walk to the sea
- 1 no restaurant, no view ( just from the top )
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.