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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... raining again. It was still nicer than when I was here in December and it was raining AND cold. Since I’ve already seen most of the main sites I just wanted to see them again to see how they look in the spring. It turns out this is a beautiful city, and I just never realized it before. I started out with the Blue Mosque, then Hagia Sofia, and then moved on to the Basilica Cistern.
The Cistern was something I ...
... On the train over to the Istanbul Modern gallery for lunch now and Daniel witnesses a funny sight. A cat runs over to a sellers stall and sprays urine all over his goods for sale. We all joke that the price will increase now as they have been authenticated. Lazy lunch at the Modern gallery and then it's off to the Turkish Bathhouse. I've been warned and I've heard the story's but we decided to go high end ...
... and to trust no-one. As they say “Uneasy rests the head that wears the crown!” On we went, past obelisks, stray cats (they are everywhere) and local shops – their beautiful carpets, clothing, embroidery a delight to behold. No time to stop – Nasha was like a kindergarten teacher with her class of littlies on a school outing – stay together, follow the number 9 sign (the number of our sign) held aloft – a comforting beacon as we followed though ...
... Mehmet said that during the height of the conflict the region reeked of tear gas and that a number of tours in the area had to be cancelled. The conflict was serious enough that one couple of our group seriously considered not coming on this tour.
Today, there was no evidence of the conflict with the exception of some scattered graffiti. Mehmet says that the demonstrators will initially get their way as the park is not ...
... a restaurant close
to Taksim square and the Technical University where they frequently hold salsa nights. It was nice to listen to and dance a bit of Latin music, as I hadn't done it since Prague. I called it a night quite early and went back to the hostel. On Thursday I met a few of the roommates in the hostel: Charles, Alexis, Julio, and Simon. All of them great young men that would become my friends in the coming days. I brought all of them but Charles to Tophane, ...
Other places to stay in Istanbul
Vi?nezade, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $188
- Wonderful Hotel in a wonderful city
- Best in Istanbul
- Great Choice
Gümüssuyu, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $189
- Fantastic views from the top floor! :)
- Splendid as always
- A great choice for a luxurious Istanbul base
Sisli, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $239
- Just great...
- Fantastic haven in the bustle of Istanbul
- High marks for the Hyatt
Beyoglu, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $250
- Great spot in Istanbul
- Worst 5 star Hotel we ever stayed.
- Our honeymoon hotel
Küçükçekmece, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $109
Esentepe, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $112
Fatih, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $112
- Mix feelings
- Bien situado al lado del tranvía moderno que recorre la ciudad
- A bit far from the sights
Cihannuma, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $183
- Very Nice
- Service very patchy
- Very nice
Buyuk Cekmece Mah. E-5 Oto Yolu Hadimkoy Sok. Kaya Ramada Plaza , Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $112
Bakirköy, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $143
Harbiye Ergenekon, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $169
- Beware lost reservations, rude staff, expensive extra fees
- Clean and spacious rooms
- The good and the bad
Besiktas, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $139
Bakirköy, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $85
Halkal? Merkez, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $70
Ümraniye, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $120
Kocatepe, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $118
Kocatepe, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $111
Sisli, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $288
- 5 star experience
- Room for improvement.
Besiktas, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $136
Yildiz, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $546
- The best hotel I have ever stayed at!
- Stunning view but very expensive
Fatih, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $132
- No problems!
- Very good location
- OK for a 4 star hotel
Asmali Mescit, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $140
Zeytinburnu, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $116
Kocatepe, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $148
- Probablemente el mejor hotel donde jamás he tenido el placer de descansar mi cabeza
- Planeando un viaje
- Wahrscheinlich das beste Hotel, in dem ich je geschlafen habe
Ataköy 1 Mahalle, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $174
Sariyer, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $103