Hotel Grand Star
Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... a lovely wine, maybe from Denizli, maybe not. It was labeled Vin&Art and was from somewhere starting with Kav…..(Kavlikadere?) Later we went into the carpet shop, and the uncle asked Susan, "How is it you are so open an warm, and not afraid like most Americans?" Well, that’s a big question, but Susan just said she had read so many accounts of the kindness of the Turkish people.
We encountered our tout from the night before and let ...
Today was a change of pace. We did more shopping than site seeing. The day started with a tour of the Chora Museum. It is a small Byzantine church. The church itself is very old and most of the frescos and mosaics are gone. However the audio tour did a good job of explaining the remaining ones. After the museum we went on a tour of the Bosphorus. As you can imagine many mosques and ...
... working the crowd for a tip. He was then further distracted schooling Jeff in carpets and ceramics (pronounced keramic). Don't buy carpets here, all made in China. Buy them in your country. "You understand sir?" Of course Jeff says he does. He's very smart. Alan continues to try not to laugh too loud. We want to get to our hotel. I don't get it (but staying quiet seems like best approach) and Sally and I are now having to plot a ...
... quite nice, it seemed massive as we walked through it to the next gate. They have a butterfly garden which we can hopefully visit on our way back. The flight i'm currently on has been very good. Very few people on board, both Les and I have been able to stretch out a get some sleep (yes dad, I kept my seatbelt on while asleep). The on-demand movies are really good too. I have watched Pacific Rim, Red 2 and Now you see me. Not a bad way to while away a few hours. Cheers ...
... circumcision and then, though the kids might not feel much like it (???) comes the feasting and gifting of gold.
Not sure if I’ve mentioned smoking – it’s everywhere and horrible. At the hotel in Izmir there don’t appear to be any non-smoking rooms, most of us had asked for non-smoking but it didn’t happen and they couldn’t/wouldn’t change – the rooms reeked, yuck. Inside big restaurants it’s ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility