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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
We quickly realized that our attire would not suit life on board the cruise - well, Chris' anyway, as jeans and shorts were discouraged from the dining rooms. He had intended on looking for a suit in Hong Kong, but the constant harassment had put him off so we headed into Istiklal ave in Taksim to see what we could find. We carefully selected our taksi driver this time and ended up with Sabrine in cab ...
... Greece, but Rhonda still enjoyed it! Then it was the backstreets walk to the Grand Bazaar followed by REALLY back streets ( no tourists around) over to the Spice Market. The Grand Bazaar was mind boggling! We ended up buying scarves for when we visit the mosques....did a little bargaining with the salesman, as is expected! The Spice Market was less overwhelming- at least in terms of ...
... good. It’s bad enough just passing through, I pitied the poor staff working there all day with such noise.
As usual I check the departures board as soon as I arrive but Kathmandu departure time is not mentioned yet. I go to find a place to have something to drink. Noting a nice looking bar, I decide a beer might be a good idea but it is not until I have ordered a small glass do I notice that the cost is $9 or €6.87!!! To use a term I hate – I am gobsmacked! And ...
... some deliciously sweet baklava (filo pastry with pistachios and lots of sugar) and pomegranate Turkish delight before turning in for the night.
The following morning we had a late start at 9:30am. After a buffet breakfast we set off on foot for a planned day of sightseeing. Our first stop was the amazing Blue Mosque. With one large dome, 8 smaller domes and 6 minarets this mosque was nothing short of grand. We had never seen a mosque like this one before and ...
... course I tried the bottom buzzer hoping to God it would be his flat. I was met with the voice of an angry Turkish woman barking something down the intercom. So I slowly tried the buzzer above and after much buzzing one of Koray's housemates eventually answered the door and let me in. Nice guy.
Other Turkish stuff & observations
Koray, Barlas and I played backgammon in a cafe by the Bosphorus one afternoon. We drank Turkish tea in true Turkish style meanwhile. ...
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Fitness/Health center