Golden Park Hotel
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... an active mosque and it was the last day of Ramadan so lots of people were there for prayer so it was fascinating to see the men at prayer and note that women still are required to go to a separate section fro their prayers.
About 400 pictures, a sore neck (from craning my head to look at things), and a tired shutter finger later we finally left the historic center to go experience ...
... one of his friends also doing the program was from Istanbul. So I got a hold of Idris and his job was just around the corner from where I was staying and I left to meet up with him for lunch on the main promenade near Taksim Square. He wanted me to try , which is a baked potato that is loaded with all kinds of toppings from cheese, sauces, meats, olives, pickles, and lots of other things that I had no idea what they were. Of course being a toppings guy I was in heaven and I ...
... is that we all just want to live in peace.
I'm sitting on the steps in the old town's waterfront eating a fresh caught Mackerel sandwich for $2.50. The last call to prayer (before sundown) just sounded through the minarets across the street. At the same moment a nearby storefront is blaring out American pop music.
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... in between, and of course the ferries. Our first hotel was just a few blocks from all the mosques, tourist stuff, so the last week we decided to get a flat on the Asian side, fabulous view, and nice hosts. I have almost worn out my walking shoes!!! You can walk almost anywhere, but it is either up or down, except the giant square by the mosques. Where we are now, we walk down the hill, then take 155 steps, yes I counted them.. After walking around all day we take the ferry ...
... we still have time enough to wonder at the marvelous mosaic and marble designs on the walls and dome. Keep in mind that the Muslim religion does not permit statues or art work of any living thing, so all the patterns are geometric or floral interspersed with exceptional calligraphy.
We depart this holy building, leaving our plastic bags in the recycling bin and cross over the square to the Hagia Sophia. On the way I stop at the row of ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGolden Park Hotel Istanbul
Still ok but was a little cramped with no views. Didn't like being told I couldn't use the terrace on an afternoon there because the owner was there with some friends......
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