The Central Palace Hotel
Travel Blogs from Istanbul
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 …
... to Islam. Has huge pillars, had the largest dome in Ancient Europe. From there we went to Topkapi Palace , it has stood for 3 centuries built by the Ottomans for the Sultans after the conquest of Constantinople in 1493.It is now a museum, houses a great amount of treasure, an 86 carat diamond, an uncut emerald weighing 7 pounds , all kinds of jewelry. Unfortunately it began to pour rain so we went inside and had a typical ...
I have come to the conclusion that I could have sold my traveling companion many times over in the past couple of days here in turkey the men flock to the blonde one with no shame, my favorite so far was the guy following us up the street offering to buy her a drink and then give her a Turkish massage. So far I have held back but I don't know how long i can continue guess it depends on what we find at the Grand Bazaar today ...
... IN HARRY POTTER!!! This museum had an amazing collection of bicycles, motorcycles, carriages, cars, trucks, boats, trains, planes, ships and a submarine. It is one of the best museums we have ever been in! I must have taken 100 pictures.
That wraps up our week in Istanbul. Tonight we will fly out to Cappadocia. We have had a great time here and would highly recommend Istanbul as a great travel destination for families.
... was very quiet with most people asleep. But we eventually got back into Heathrow around 10pm. (Work the next day/week wasn't much better, very slow and painful). Overall it was a great experience. The city was amazing and would certainly go back. It had a very unique culture, certainly different but still relatable. Was also nice to see some amazing architecture amongst all the partying. Just thank god it's only once a year they do this. Don't think I would survive another anytime ...
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