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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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... to predict when to cross the busy street based on all the above factors makes me shake. Already I was dreading going out there to explore.
Since we arrived after 3pm, we decided to go outside the port area and catch the 'Hop On Hop Off bus with a 24 hour pass. Getting to the bus stop was easy, if you do not consider the stress of the city. Cars were parked on the sidewalk-so you are sure where its safe to walk. We were given a map and ...
... Sue noticed on one boat that all the ladies were on one level and the men on another. After the "cruise" as we call it, we watched the crazy guys in these boats moored to the dock cooking fish for the local favourite of fish rolls. We opted for dinner back up near the Hippodrome square and had kebabs on a plate with rice. Not our best choice of places but you can't pick a winner every time. Then back down the hill to "our side" of Istanbul to the Emirhan ...
... dock and then off to explore. We only have one day here so we’ll have to choose carefully which of the many attractions we should see. How do you decide in a city that was the centre of the known world for about a thousand years? You guessed it – we’ll take it all thanks.
First stop – Ayasofya. This amazing building was built by the Roman Emperor Justinian to be the largest Christian church in the world. Emperor ...
... It was spectacular. There were 100 balloons in the air. Our pilot was a pro. We grazed the tops of fairy chimneys and then soared up and up. It was so quiet and crystal clear. The ride lasted about 45 minutes, then we landed on the back of a flatbed. The basket held about 30 people, pretty big to land on the back of a pickup. Memorable morning! We were so happy to fly back to Balat. It felt like home. A friend recently shared a quote that sums us up perfectly at the ...
After we went to Topkapi, we had an impromptu performance in an amphitheater near the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. At first there weren't many people, but a fair crowd gathered after a few songs. First we sang a song called "Uskudar," which is an energetic sort of tune. It seems to be a song that many Turks recognize, because several people gathered when we started to sing it. Then we sang "Entarisi ...