Grand Hotel Halic
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I forgot to mention our lively shopping experience last night in the Aranza Bazaar. At 11 PM, we were engaged in choosing cashmere shawls and scarves, with the most knowledgeable Bulent Zortur at The Hammam. He taught us the differences between grades of cashmere, and let us touch and unfold a vast quantity of goods. Both of us came away with bags …
... Suleymaniye Mosque. This was very similar to the other mosques we have visited except quite a bit less crowded. We also managed to make it down to the coast line and see the old city walls that protected Constantinople. As you can see from the pictures they were quite high and intimidating.
... ending the week.
In addition to the regular lessons, we also join the classes on the field trips they take. There is typically one every other week. So far we've been to a fire station, the military museum, a printing house, a forest, and a coffee and ice cream production plant.
I have a very active group, but the students are very sweet, and I'm really enjoying the year. As you may guess, the kids are making massive progress: it's amazing to see how ...
... bar named Otentik, and deciding it was similar enough, we ventured in. After four flights of stairs, we entered the bar, and much to our surprise, it was actually really authentic. This much was clear from the fact that the bar was nearly full and we were the only foreigners, as well as the fact that the waiters spoke absolutely no English. We sat at one of two tables, too tired at this point to care that, though the inside was cloistered and dense with smoke, there was no nargileh ...
... for instance, in unison they all swivelled around to look back down the isle. It was so funny and so cute. Then - as if this wasn't attention getting enough, there were occasional switches to the view in the cockpit, where our pilot was a five year old boy - playing with the controls and wiggling the "steering wheel". They had everyone's attention from start to finish!
We arrived in Istanbul at an airport quite well south and east of ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGrand Hotel Halic Istanbul
This is the second stay at the Halic on this trip. The first night our room overlooked the busiest street in the city, and was very small. Fortunately, on the last two nights, we had a room at the back of the hotel, and it was lovely. Being on a corner, in room 324, gave us extra leg room, and a view to the courtyard. In the morning, I could see the buffet table through the glass ceiling below the courtyard. Breakfast was wonderful, with many choices for all tastes. The bathroom was large and well appointed with hair dryer and shampoos.
There were many restaurants about 10 minutes up the hill- a nice walk in the evening. From that point you can walk quite a way down a pedestrian mall, to Taksim Square. Be sure you get a waffle for dessert!! Toasted, spread with melted chocolate of your choice, and layered with freshly cut fruit, then folded and wrapped in paper. Yum...especially when you sit on the upstairs balcony and watch the night crowds-
Just down the hill from the hotel is the river, and another must-do is the Galata Tower, for a 360 view of the city. We walked across the Galata Bridge into Old Town, and strolled the Grand Bazaar.
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