Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... Istanbul in 1453, the building was converted into a mosque in 1511 by Vizier Hadim Ali Pasha. It was converted into a museum in 1945, and during the restoration in 1948-1959 carried out by the Byzantine Institute of America, the mosaics and frescoes were uncovered and brought to the daylight. Even though some of the mosaics are incomplete the beauty of these important pieces of work are still evident.
On the 3rd day we start off watching the city wake up in the Grand Bazaar ...
... line patience was used up. Tomorrow. I will get one at one of the few hotels that sell it and try again. Today I had another amazing nearly standing in line experience and decided against the long Bosporus tour and took one of the ferries instead. I ended up in Üsküdar and saw another Mosque that somehow looked inviting. And guess what, the bride and the groom who came out,were a little extra and it was was such a great place, quiet and beautiful, that I am ...
... street a bit longer and still couldn't find it! Eventually we headed back to where we'd seen a Starbucks and went in for a drink and used their wifi to look it up. It must have been a recent move, because even google didn't know it'd changed! We eventually found an address, and it looked like it was on the street we were looking, just a bit further than we'd gone. We felt a bit better after our drinks anyway! So we walked along the street and finally came across the ...
... been to before. Everything seemed newer and a little fancier.
Next stop was Beylerbeyi. On our way there, we saw a wedding on the shore. A couple posing for photos against a building, the woman in a puffy white dress and long veil blowing in the wind, just like in the states. When we arrived in, Beylerbeyi we saw another wedding gathering. In Beylerbeyi, there was also a nice park right at the port with a playground. I have noticed that ...
... mosque's minarets come to life and announce the end of the days fast.
August 1st to 7th
Temps around 31C/88F - Too hot for me
Shopping in Istanbul
Junko and Hiro are seeing the sights in Istanbul while Dave and I are focusing on buying some new clothes, shoes and backpacks, this being the most likely place where we will be able to buy some reliable brand-names.
TripAdvisor Reviews Mercure Istanbul
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