Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... so we were able to take a quick nap before the tourist sites opened for the day. Dennis had visited Istanbul 12 years ago, so he already had a good sense of what we should see and in what order. We started with the Hippodrome, originally a chariot race arena during the Byzantine Empire, and the center of Byzantine and Ottoman life for 1400 years. Next, we visited the Blue Mosque, the most famous Ottoman mosque, completed in 1616. It's an architectural gem, ...
Gizem has been so kind to us! We had a house to ourselves today, which felt really luxurious. Spent most of the day sleeping in, doing laundry, cleaning up for the next leg of the trip, and researching for Ethiopia!
Walked up the Galata Tower for sun set-- quite beautiful view from the top. We saw all the places we had visited already, and got some good panoramic shots... I will upload these once I get to a place with internet AND ...
... in the Hippodrome. Not surprisingly, we had to queue to enter the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. There were lots and lots of tourists. We had to take our shoes off to enter and Erica had to cover her head. Men cannot enter wearing shorts. Inside the mosque there is an enormous feeling of space even though there were many tourists inside. The main prayer hall can accommodate up to 10,000 worshipers at a time. It is beautifully carpeted and painted with various chandeliers and lamps and ...
... The fish is grilled whole, thrown on a hoagie with grilled tomatoes and onions. I haven't had one yet, but I will. I can't decide if it's gonna be delicious or super fishy...we'll certainly see.
We walked back across the bridge, grabbed some dinner - I had a cheese pide - basically like a pizza, but the crust is folded over the edges and there's no sauce. It was eh. What's interesting to me is that many restaurants here do not serve ...
... of stuff. I stopped buy Burger King on the way home and sat there and just inhaled a Cheeseburger, it was really good. Not one Kebab at all on the menu ! I stopped and bought some Turkish delight to take home and some Baklava for my dinner. I also got some UHT skim milk so I can make a nice cuppa with milk as I have had Turkish tea for the last 3 weeks and was craving one English Breakfast. It was good too. ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Fitness/Health center
- Free parking