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We moved into a new hotel on Friday (I'm writing this on Sunday…a bit behind on my blogging). At first we were accosted by the busy, big city sights, sounds, smells. Then we moved to the "Lush hip hotel." We were originally introduced to it by an article in the New York Times. We’ve realized it’s probably best suited to a young …
... flights of steps painted in a rainbow of colours, which were very aesthetic on the eye. In their wisdom the government authorities had decided to paint a particularly popular and prominent multicoloured flight of steps grey in the middle of the night. Word spread on social media and within a couple of hours opponents of the government turned out in force in the middle of the night to repaint these steps and hundreds of other grey ones throughout the city in rainbow colours.
... looking a lot smarter and for half the price that you would pay in New Zealand we felt it was a great deal.
After this little bit of pampering we decided it was time to hit the sites. This first and probably the most recognisable site of Istanbul was the blue mosque. The entrance is via a big courtyard. From here you can get a real good feel for how big it is and it's designed to draw worshippers eyes from the ground (earth) to the dome ...
... around the main part of Sultanahamet which houses the famous Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia. Following a little exploring we stumbled across a kebab (kebap) store and sampled an authentic Turkish kebab. Tasty and at only 3 lira each (2aud), an affordable finish to a not so affordable day.
The following morning we woke at our Istanbul hotel and headed downstairs for breakfast. Our sleep was okay considering we were woken for prayers every few hours. The prayers are about ...
... I heard for "Country Strong" alarm though. This morning I will take the Bosphorous tour then head to the airport for Dubai.
I just returned to the hotel (8:20am) from walking to see the Blue Mosque. It's about a 10 minute walk. See photos I have attached. Will check back later.
Just arrived back to the hotel to wait for my shuttle to the airport. I saw some amazing sites today and once again my photos won't do any justice. The from ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center