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We are back from a whirlwind trip through Turkey! We were on a tour which had an extremely personable and knowledge guide. It was almost like being in a living history class as we toured the many archaeological sites of Turkey. It was a large group of 36 or 37 people but everyone was on time and very friendly. We arrived in Istanbul in the late …
... was a beautiful sight to be seen. There are a lot of mosques all over Istanbul, but this particular mosque is the most famous and well known mosque in the world. Since we couldn't go in during prayer hour, we walked to the Grand Bazaar. The Grand Bazaar is a huge shopping area where there are about 1000 shops. There are all different things you can buy, fake handbags, jewelry, lamps, leather goods, furniture, rugs, paintings etc etc. It is actually slightly ...
... in with Turkish History. The kids were beat but Kara and I were fixated. Everything about Turkey is connected. Its geography, religion, history and government are all intertwined. Turkey is the only country in the world that resides in 2 continents. It also controls the Bosphorus (very fun to hear Sam say). This tiny waterway 35-40km long, 600 meters wide at its narrowest point, is the only way to get from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea. As ...
... A lot of really interesting documentaries were played. We managed to get some sleep (an hour or two) and then another wave of people arrived at about 2am and Renee had to climb back over the seat and then we had to sit up.
At about 4:45am the dignitaries started to arrive including good old Jules and her hairdresser buddy.
This Peninsula is formidable. The cliffs rise straight from the shoreline. It must have been a really scary place for young 20 year old boys.
... on USD or EURO only, Jim rightly stood his ground and eventually the guy handed back the passports. So back to the first guy to check them and mine didn’t have a visa so again back to the man in the hut with no English. He insisted that I had to pay and threw my pp back at me, leaving us no choice but to hand over €15 if we wanted to get into Turkey! Not happy. Then we drive through to the next check point where they check the vehicle documents, we ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsOran Hotel Istanbul
We stayed in a small, windowless room near the stairway. It was a bit noisy and cramped. The rooms were clean and the breakfast area was pleasant with good food. On the plus side, the hotel was in an area close to the bazaars, St. Sophia, and the Blue Mosque. We always consider location more important.
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