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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... from Ciya Kebab. It was back over by the market, so I took a leisurely stroll back over there. When my food came,there was a single skewer of charcoal grilled Fistik, a roasted pepper, lavash, roasted tomato, bulghur wheat pilaf and a herb salad topped with Sumac. It was absolutely stunning, up there with the Cag Kebab that I had the day before.
On my way back to the ferry terminal, I spotted a terrace bar that looked over the river, so popped in there for ...
... down and with a little help from the thick smog it was dramatically bright red, making the urban landscape a contrasting silhouette.
We had booked a little studio apartment using the classic EM_TY philosophy – random selection. This one caught our eye as it had a loft bed – ooooh. As it turned out we were staying in the best part of Istanbul – Begolu, walking distance to the cosmopolitan section, with a mix of local lanes and cool alternative bars ...
... scooters and visited some of the sites. I took another hammam, we saw some whirling dervish and belly dancing, and on our final day we went on a hot air balloon ride. I felt vertiginous the entire trip (almost vomiting with fear) but Chris had a great time and I enjoyed the champagne afterwards.
We are now in Istanbul, soaking up this crazy city. Turkey has surpassed all my expectations. It's people are proud and generous and the landscape breathtaking. Next stop Belgrade! ...
... year. From there we moved down a bit to the war graves. They are in a beautiful spot overlooking the water and the gardens are beautifully tended, reading the headstones is just heart wrenching when you see the ages of the men..or kids I should say. It was very moving. Further along another cemetery this one the headstones were facing a different direction which I am not sure why but I will endeavour to find out why. ...
... We then wander back for a sundowner on our fiercely hot, sunny roof terrace (our owner sorts us some delicious salted pistachios), and then we head for our booked dinner spot at Imbat (number one on tripadvisor!). There's a gorgeous view, the service is brilliant, the food is incredible and it serves wine - but definitely pricier than expected, so be warned! We wander back the way we came and bump into our old friend Gundogar, ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services