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... known as Byzantium, Constantinople and, since 1923, Istanbul. Which one do you guys like best?
99% of the population are Muslim, the rest Christian and Jews.
Istanbul has on its edge four seas - the Black Sea, the Marmara Sea, the Aegean and the Med.
Trams were phased out of the public transport equation back in the 60s when it was fashionable to reduce the public transport options but 20 years later as air pollution worsened and traffic congestion became ...
... to me. Although I have to agree that Zorlu Center is a monstrosity, if I lived here I would haunt it. They have Stella McCartney and Eataly for gods sakes. We don't have an Eataly in DC. Sheesh!
Dinner time found me back in Taksim, gazing into the window of Saray Muhallebicisi. Thank god I didn't notice it earlier, because my suitcase wouldn't have been the only thing holding a few extra pounds. Muhallebi is a milky pudding; a muhallebici specializes in ...
... town and stopped at a couple of little shops, not to buy anything, but just to see what kind of **** they sell around here. I went for dinner at the same little café near my hostel that I went to last night. It was really good food, at a good price, and really nice staff. They were very happy to see that I was back for a second night. I’ve started reading a book called Six Years by Harlan Coben and ...
... us with a water bottle in his hand flicked his wrist and tossed water in my face. I was taken aback and so was Jessy so we turned around and headed back to the Blue Mosque. We took off our shoes and put on our long sleeved shirts as the sign advised then walked into the square. The line was so long it stretched around all four walls of the square about 30ms long each. It was hot in the sun so we jumped out of line and decided we'd come back first ...
... full to capacity. There were other bridges open further down the river but as there were no taxis or buses available the only other way was to take a walking detour of a few miles.
Luckily the Spice Market and Grand Bazaar were low down on our ‘to do’ list so neither of us were that bothered we would miss out on hunting down that ‘bargain’ the guide books always insist you will find!!
Before we do anything we needed to find a ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Agan Istanbul
After arriving around 11:45 pm, I was greeted warmly by Murat. I sat my bags down and he invited me to go out and have some "Hot" Apple Tea. I sat out on front of the HOtel and took in the sights. After my Tea, I went back in and finished up my check in process. After 9 hours in flights with a 4 hour lay-over, I was really tired and wanted a bath more than anything. I was taken to my room and boy what a room it was. I thought that I was in Heaven. I had booked a single room with shower but I was upgraded to a double with a bathtub/shower combination. The tub itself had 9 pulsating jets. I couldn't get out of my travel cloths fast enough. The room was well appointed. The room faced the cobblestone street overlooking the Ozare resturant. It had a large flat panel TV, (though everthing was in Turkish), large closet with an extra comforter. Small round table with two chairs and a large Cheval Mirrow in the corner. Small frig. The bed was nice and comfy with side tables and overhead lamps to read by. I liked it because when you got off the elevator, the lights in the hallway light up so you can find your way. I was told by Murat that there would be an "all you can eat" buffet breakfast starting at 7am in the morning. After a good night sleep, I arrived at the Buffet and WOW what a spread it was. Fresh fruits and all kinds of vegatable, several kinds of fresh baked breads, cold cuts, scrambled eggs. This was "Buffet" at it finest. Oh by the way, they do have fresh perked real coffee but you have to be there right at 7 or else it is instant Nescafe and we all know how that taste. I enjoyed my stay so much that I booked an additional night. All of the staff that I dealt with were accomadating. (They even went looking for a glass of wine for me after the Bar had closed down). That was a nice touch. They do have an area opposite the reception desk where you can lock away your valuables. They also have a resturant where you can order off the menu during the day and evening. I had the Grilled Chicken once and it was delicious. I can't wait to go back again. Really can't wait to go back. By the way, they do have a "Trip Advisor" recommendation behind the desk for all to see.
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