Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... our newfound friends adieu - our departures are spread over the next two days according to what we're each doing next.
A few of us decided to have one last nightcap on the terrace - the bar was closed but they had little bottles of wine in the pantry so we each got one of them and they brought us some glasses. I think it must have been close to 1am when we got up to bed. Stage 2 of this big trip over - and what a great stage it was.
... it being 59 meters in length and 58 meters in width. As with other imperial mosques this one was build with adjacent structures. The original complex consisted of the mosque, a hospital (now a printing company), primary school, public baths, a Caravansevai, 4 Qur'an schools, a specialized school for the learning of Hadith, a medical school and public kitchen (now a restaurant). There is also a garden.and a mausoleum (which was closed). It contains 2 mausoleums including ...
We got into port late today, due to another cruise ship sneaking in ahead of us. The only space left for us was just behind a container ship moored on half the other side of the jetty.
Because of the enormous currents at this port, due to a warm current meeting a cold current, we needed two tugs to ease us in.
This made fascinating viewing, watching two tugs, pressing against our starboard side to push us against the dock. And you should see the marks the tugs left ...
... here!"For Roscoe this is a return to a place he connected so closely with 33 years ago, for Evi, a tour of discovery to a place she has heard so much of yet has never visited. The adventure began in Salzburg and a flight of just over two hours with Turkish Airlines. Our first surprise was during the flight with the best service and food we have ever had in all our travels. The menu was based upon traditional ...
... the famous Blue Mosque can be clearly seen just over the old walls...from our van. So here we were in this small, extremely grubby car park which masqueraded as a motorhome camp, parked amongst litter, with a squat toilet worse than any we had ever seen in India (and that's saying a lot) with a stench that made you retch but nevertheless parked in the most convenient spot in the whole of Istanbul! As night fell, we realised that this ...
Other places to stay in Istanbul
Bayildim Cad No 2, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $21
- 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
Taksim Meydani, (Bosphorus View), Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $88
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
Ataturk Mahallesi 604. Sokak No: 1, 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
Suzer Plaza, Askerocagi Caddesi, No:6, Istanbul | 5 star hotel
- 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