Romantic Hotel Istanbul
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Our first full day in Istanbul, we had planned to get to the Aya Sofya when it opened at 9am. Needless to say, our laziness had followed us from Santorini and we ended up getting out the door around 10:30am. And, not before having the hotel's breakfast which was equally delicious to the breakfasts in Santorini. Romantic Hotel's breakfast was buffet …
After a leisurely breakfast in the hotels rooftop restaurant, which I failed to mention has a great view of the Blue Mosque and Aya Sofya as well, we started our day.
We went first to the Basilica Cistern, which, if you remember, we skipped the day before due to a long line. There was a line, but it was short so we got in it.
Today we decided to take a Bosphorus cruise. On the way to the pier, a gentleman had tried to sell us a cruise for 20TL and he would drive us there--um, no thank you--we walked about 1.5 minutes more and found the cruise for 10TL. Though we did discover we had just missed the boat and the next one didn't depart until noon. Well, no matter, we …
After a 4 hour layover at Athens airport, we were finally on our way to Istanbul.
We arrived, picked up our bags, and entered the arrivals area into, well, it wasn't quite chaos but it was close. Our hotel had provided us with a free airport transfer so we needed to find the sign with our name on it within the huge crowd of people waiting …
Woke up early to the melodious sounds of the call to prayer. Today was the start of Ramadan, when all good Muslims (and a surprisingly large number of fallen ones as well) observe total fast from dawn to dusk - no food, no drink, not even water, no smoking. We were told that it means everyone gets very grumpy - particularly from the no smoking! We …
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