The Central Palace Hotel
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Saturday May 4 Day 2 Arrive Istanbul
We land in Istanbul after 12 hours. It is now Saturday 4:30 pm. Back in SF it's Friday 6:30 AM. We all exit the plane's stairway since it appears there's no gate available. A crowded bus takes us the short way to the terminal where we enter our first queue. This one is to buy a visa. The next one is …
... the food was delicious. Taksim Square is still heavily policed since the demonstrations but all is quiet. The next day was still overcast and we strolled along the very busy Istiklal Ave. (pedestrian/shopping) to the Galata Tower which was built in 507 during the sovereignty of the Byzantine Emperor Justiniaus. The tower was captured by the Turks in 1453 when the Byzantium was conquered. The tower stands 67 metres tall and you get great views of ...
... stuff). The service was the best I have ever experienced (I was offered a napkin within seconds of my kebab beginning to drip). After eating we had renewed energy and continued trying to find this place. We never found it. By 2am we had asked 20 taxi drivers if they knew where it was, each one gave us different directions. We even had a security guard google it, write down the address and give us instructions but we still couldn't find it. We ...
... few good laughs as we dressed in the coverings provided. It is proper to have arms , legs and head covered. Bonnie was the only one of us dressed properly on her own. I needed a scarf to cover my head and Shelley needed the whole costume, skirt, lab coat, head covering. Okan was laughing so hard, we were too. We wrapped up tour with Okan and headed back to the hotel for a nap. To enjoy these guided tours you can contact to TSC Travel - Okan KUTLU www.turkeytourspecialist.com. Great ...
... and large commercial buildings that looked modern and cosmopolitan. There are many open spaces some very pretty and well attended, people having BBQs or just lying around. Along many of the main roads into the city rows of cars had pulled over and people just sat around on the banks. The hostel was quite nice, but 30 of us slept together in one dorm on bunk beds. Jane: I was thankful we were sat at the front of ...
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