Celal Aga Konagi Hotel
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... third piece of luggage off the carousel...a great way to start the trip. Our driver made good time to the Hotel Sapphire in Old Town. He wove in and out of traffic like a choreographer, using shopping parking lots as his personal highways. There is no driving up to the door in this mostly pedestrian section, so he parked the van, grabbed a bag, and walked us a block right up to the reception desk. We thought we'd take a cat nap, but woke two hours ...
Up early as the transfer was picking us up at 8.00 am for our flight to Istanbul. No breakfast as there is no breakfast served here on a Sunday. A good ride to the airport and not too much traffic as it is Sunday. We were very lucky while in London as we only had the one small shower while we were there but other parts of London had heavy downpours and thunderstorms. As usual ...
... for dinner. The food was great, but pricy and in small quantities (ok by me). The remarkable thing was the view. Of course, I left my camera in my room! You could see the Bosphorus, with many ships coming and going, the ferries crossing to & from European Istanbul to Asian Istanbul, the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and the mouth of the Horn. It was better than having a map...we should have done this our first night!
... and made from gold and jade and emeralds, they were stunning. My favourite was the Topkapi dagger (google it to see images), which has an interesting history. It was a gift from one of the sultans to the Persian Shah, but it was never delivered to him because he died before it could be delivered, so the Ottomans kept it. I also liked the Kasicki diamond because it also has an interesting "history" (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spoonmaker 's_Diamond). ...
... t leave the apartment.
This may seem incredible but travelling can be exhausting and we needed a day to recover, recharge our batteries, catch up on communication and figure out the details of what we are – specifically – going to do here in Istanbul. We resolved early on in this trip to do away with any feelings of ‘travelers guilt’ resigned to the fact that we could spend 6 months in any of the countries ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
- Business Services