Eresin Crown Hotel Sultanahmet
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Hotel & Sultan Ahmed Square
We took off at 3.15 and landed in Istanbul 8 pm local time. As we came in we could see the road running along the coast of Istanbul all lit up and very clear.
We landed at Sabiha Gökçen airport which is on the Asian side of Turkey. We decided a taxi would be easiest, so we agreed on …
When we woke Steve gave me my cards and birthday pressies, which was really nice.
We had a nice cheese and ham breakfast with mixed nut and fruit.
It was a beautiful sunny day (so no coats, hooray).
After breakfast we decided to have a sightseeing day, so we headed up the road to Sultan Ahmed square. …
... Istanbul with its layers of history, busy but not pressured atmosphere, delicious food (oh the baklava!), minaret-pierced sky, and glimpses of the Golden Horn and Bosphorus from twisting hill streets. We are also sad to be saying goodbye to Alex, probably for quite a while!
On to Nepal for something completely different.
... of the comparatively simple painted ceramic from the mosques. The next room is devoted to clocks - apparently every mosque employed one person whose sole job was to set the clocks and time the prayers. In the palace, they had a whole building for this task. From there we behold an absolutely astonishing collection of imperial armor and weaponry. The ancient swords glisten as though they had never seen bloodshed, their graceful curves containing brilliantly scripted prayers to ...
No photos of this experience - too wet for a camera - but you can 'Google' some images of a Turkish Hamman to see more of what it is about.
Now - off to see more of the city - wandering around until it is time to meet Jeanie and Monroe - who have arrived and I'm sure are resting until it is time to meet us.
We went up the coast of the Bosphorus to an area called Ortakoy - the little town is right on ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsEresin Crown Hotel Sultanahmet Istanbul
Excellent location right in the centre of old Istanbul, about 5 minutes walk to the Blue Mosque. Plenty of restaurants nearby. Hotel restaurant was quiet and pricey. Sadly the rooftop restaurant was not open. The staff were attentive and everything was clean. They were not good at answering pre-visit emails, but on departure handed us a free book, sweets and purse which was a lovely touch. Super breakfast. The decor was amazing with beautifully displayed archaeological finds from when the hotel was built (like a museum). Bar was well stocked (5 varieties of Raki).
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