Hotel Arcadia Blue
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... been on the road for over 18 hours few rationale thoughts could be conjured by our minds. Hungry, tired and unable to feel our bum cheeks we stopped at the first food place that was open, this happened to be a dodgy looking Bulgarian truck stop. In the true manner of unfulfilled expectations the owner was more than happy to receive a group of foreign guests who weren't even truckers and despite not speaking any English himself. Much gesturing and miming later a ...
On a side note, I can't tell you how nice it is to have everyone tell you "oh my god, your Turkish is so great!" This trip has been a total ego boost. In just a few days my Turkish is 1000% improved. In a month I'd be back where I was in 1998.
So, after lunch I walked down through the Spice Market. Just two or three blocks off the tourist drag you can still find pockets of old Istanbul. The area around the ferry dock was, and still is, a working ...
... guide to Turkey. So we arrive at Istanbul and waited over 90 minutes before the sternest looking 23-year-old lady customs officer took a baseball pitcher’s wind-up and almost punched a hole through my passport with her stamp. I got grumpy because we had paid $60 USD to get an e-visa to enter into Turkey. She didn’t even check it! I don’t like countries asking me to pay $60 to get in. I wouldn’t go into Prince in ...
The Grand Bazaar is truly a sight to behold. There are almost 4,000 shops in this labyrinthine space; it's so large that there are around a dozen different gates into the place, though that doesn't count the side streets where people line the perimeter to sell stuff like jeans, bags, and knockoffs of all kinds. The Bazaar itself is enormous, and could probably cover a few New York City blocks on its own. The aggression of Manhattan cabs is nothing compared ...
... as the Athaan calls, so I can pray in any of the thousands of mosques here, or so I can enjoy the sweet taste of waffles in Ortaköy. This place isn't home, but the people here, like Mehtap and Zeynel, have made it sure feel like it. I'll remember the people I have met here the most, they have left such strong impressions in my mind; it rivals the incredible sights I have seen. Today, we packed up and signed out of the ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center