Grand Tahir Hotel
Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... with a resident dog that walk around and would get an occasional head scratch from a customer. It ended up being a good day.
Today was the first sunny day we have had since we've been here! We started the day by packing up our bags since we needed to switch rooms. The hotel said they would move our bags for us so we wouldn't need to come back right away. After some speedy packing and breakfast we were off.
This time we ...
... this is part of what has kept them in business since 1888. Sacha ordered the largest meal on the menu – the three meat special- and Nicole ordered the baked lamb. We were seated to watch the kitchen make its magic. Dessert was fresh figs with pudding with teas to close the meal. It was wonderful. Thanks to Zeus, Dan and Kaylan for the recommendation.
After dinner, we made our way to Taksim Square for some people watching and later to Nevizade St. – ...
... communicating with people, particulary those at the gym here, involves a lot of pointing and hand signals. They have male and female turkish baths here at the hotel, both of which lead into the small swimming pool area and you have to make sure you go through the right door to get there. However, as I discovered yesterday you are not allowed to use the pool unless you are wearing a swimming cap. There are more restrictions here than there were in ...
... and the wind was howling. still, we're proud we stood there and saw it all.
We got into the world's second largest city (something I wasnt aware of) at 6am. there was a free shuttle but it was only heading in the general area of Fatih and was going to be another 30 minutes. We negotiated with a cabbie and had a 20 minute ride to the hotel for 30 lira ( 10 pound). Thankfully there was someone waiting for us ...
... heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives..
You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country,
Therefore rest in peace,
There is no difference between the Johnnies
and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side
Here in this country of ours...
You, the mothers,
who sent their sons from far away countries,
wipe away your tears;
Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace.
After having lost their lives on this land