Hotel Grand Star
Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... of small tiles, each placed to create various patterns and mosaics.
At the other end of the hippodrome is the Hagia Sofia (Ayasofa Muzesi). Its interior is lined with marble and pillars from Ephesus. As there was long line to get to the ticket office, we weren’t able to get in to see it other than from the outside.
Next stop was the largest covered market in the world, the Grand Bazaar. It is a collection of 4000 ...
... Hippodrome and around some of the side streets while we waited. The Hippodrome was the site of chariot races in ancient times. Now it is a lovely place to walk and sit. There were stray dogs and cats everywhere lazing in the sun like all over Istanbul and we presume Turkey.
We enjoyed the sun too. We have had beautiful weather - a little cool in the morning and later in the day but apart from inside these huge stone buildings we barely need our ...
... that the village is situated close to the opening to the Black Sea and is therefore a strategic location. When leaving the boat at the village there are numerous restaurants trying to "invite" you in but we were lucky to find a small cafe with a little garden in the back where we had a light lunch. During the trip one becomes aware of the large population in the Istanbul area. We have been quoted figures ...
Tonight is our last night in Istanbul. It's gone by quickly for me. Yesterday, I accompanied Izzet and his assistant Idan on their shoot of a hotel in Taxim called Rixos - a very guilded, over the top place. It was interesting to see Izzet work, skillfully, with an eye to the light and the patterns and angles of the space and in the camera. I didn't feel very useful, I mostly watched, helped change lenses and carried the ...
... the Magnificant by a very famous architect who lived until he was 98 years old. Sulemain the M. is buried just outside the Mosque and so is his wife and the architect. It was very beautiful and can fit 5000 people inside. Huge. This mosque was another place were we had to take our shoes of and cover up our body. Very sacred. I enjoy looking at marveling at all the mosques in Istanbul, they are spectacular. After seeing the mosque we went and climbed ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility