Hotel Taksim Star
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- Continental Breakfast
- Drycleaning onsite
- Meeting rooms/conference facilities
- Minbar in room
- Airport Transportation
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... we went down a different shopping street outside where the sellers are a bit more persistent and were obsessed with trying to sell us jeans.
The next day we started at the Blue Mosque. It is still an active mosque so you can only enter inbetween prayer times and you have to be conservatively dressed. For women this includes a headscarf. Inside is amazing though as it has huge columns and amazing blue tiles all around the inside. The only ...
There's a flea market and fruit market near the hostel today and that's where I'm going. It's not a slum but it is a ghetto. The hostel woman explained. That's a relief then. Apparently we are in the street between the Gypsies and black people from Africa. Not my words! It's downhill and even in these quiet little streets there's a whole world of activity. People everywhere. Mainly sitting and drinking tea. When I get to the market it's ...
... mimic scenes from the old movie Mad Max, a post apocalyptic movie where the streets are turned into war zones without any rules. Mosques are everywhere and minarets can be seen scraping the sky. Five times a day a hauntingly beautiful singing is amplified into the air for all to hear; the call to prayers for those who have come to Islam. Almost the entire population here is Muslim.
While we are here, it is the Holy Month of Ramadan, in which, Muslims must fast by ...
... I look out from her deck I see mountains and houses filling up the hills surrounding us. I love hearing the call to prayer out on the deck because it echoes out over the hills as all of the muezzins call out at once creating a kind of melody that continues to call me to remember that God is right here, right now.
There is a little park about 2 blocks away that has some swings and slides and a basketball court where Max and I practice ...
... staged battle scenes and court performances (including those whirling dervishes we were looking for) and of course plenty of belly dancing during the harem scenes. Having toured the harem earlier in the day and learned more about Istanbul’s history on our Bosphorous tour it was nice to feel like we could kind of keep up with the story line as well as the incredible dancing.
Overall we absolutely loved Istanbul and all of the energy that this ...