Grand Anka Hotel
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We slept the night at Heathrow so that we could check in for our flight to Istanbul at 4.30am. We slept on the ground on our therm-a-rests and in our sleeping bags! The airport was quite busy with other people sleeping over for the night as well! We caught our flight at 6am to Istanbul via Milan on Alitalia. We were served ciabatta sandwiches and …
... Sophia overlooking the blue mosque and listened to the minarets blast out the calls to prayer all over the city. Keiran and Jono decided to try the Turkish yoghurt drink they were recommended, which turned out to be one of the most disgusting drinks we have ever tried. It wasn't exactly the poster child for amazing Turkish food and drink. After lounging with the local feral cats on the steps outside the Aya Sophia we left to check out the Hippodrome before making our way to ...
... in finding a replacement suitcase, I thought there potentially could be a replacement within the market and decided to have a look; an experience I never want to repeat.
Shopping in the Grand Bazaar is an experience I'd like to keep to once. Uncomfortable with the act of haggling and my inexperience, I was intimidated by the constant hounding of retailers hoping to spark our interest in their products. One booth I noticed a potential ...
I have to admit, I'm not motivated to blog and in fact, would probably make a lousy travel writer. At least when it comes to the Big City. This is because I am a simpleton. I prefer to just walk the city or sit and people-watch versus traipsing through museums and churches. I like street food. I like witnessing the city come alive while on an early morning run. And I like listening and watching the feel of the city change after the sun goes down. And Istanbul ...
... our eye, it was very impressive and as Kieran said it looked like 15th century ironman! We also saw the Crown Jewels, a ring that had been found in a garbage dump and had a 86 carat diamond on. it was the best thing in this room, kieran nicknamed it beyonces ring.
Every evening was spent sitting on a roof top terrace eating dinner and having a couple drinks.
We really enjoyed our time here and are both looking forward to exploring more of ...
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