Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... was nice today, it's supposed to rain and be chilly tomorrow.
Our room is lovely, on the concierge level. We're near the laundry room, and the concierge lounge has reading material, drinks and snacks. Unpacked and stored things in every nook. Outside on our veranda we see boats and ferries on the Bosphorus, all lit up. Very beautiful.
Ate in the Grand Dining Room. The china isn't nearly as pretty as the Versace china we had on ...
... of water that looked slippery and sharp to walk up in bare feet to the top was actually smooth and had a decent amount of grip to it. The actual terraces themselves were very unique to stand in, being only knee deep to take a photo it would look like you were at the edge of a cliff but with the odd head bobbing up and down in the background. It really made you wonder what the pink and white terraces of Tarawera must ...
... Mecca. Women however have a cordoned off prayer area that is at the back of the mosque and the public walk in between the male and female section meaning the females are behind everyone. They also have a grid like barricade on their prayer area. Erin became interested in why they have so many rules for women in a Muslim society and assuming the best of people thought it must be to protect the Muslim women somehow. She did some further research into it, and although the ...
... spread. The typical Turkish breakfast is already such, I suppose, but this is nice. You can look in the pictures to check it out.
Finally, it was one year ago yesterday, so after going to the Atatürk Museum, where the only interesting stuff is not in English, and then to the Cevahir shopping centre (huge huge huge, packed to the rafters, especially for a Thursday early afternoon), we celebrated in the best way we knew: Arby's for her and Popeye's for him, enjoyed in the room.
We left Beijing at midnight last evening and arrived at Istanbul at 5AM local time. We caught a subway, a tram, a ferry, a bus, and a dolmush to make our way from the airport to the International church service in Asian Instanbul. After church we made our way to the Comptons for a great meal and good fellowship before Rob and I head back for the airport via the Spice Bazaar. We have a total of 62+ hours before we make it to a bed...via Nairobi and Mwanza.
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services