Travel Blogs from Istanbul
Breakfast here is insane. There was cheese, cold meat, olives, tomato, cucumber, pastries, sweets, bread, yoghurt, cereal, boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, 10 different salads, dips/spreads and Turkish delight so we fuelled up for out big walking tour today. Our guide picked is all up from the hotel and we walked to the hippodrome (there are only a few remaining parts and the rest has been turned into a street food market) I didn't even know what a hippodrome was so I found ...
... from Ciya Kebab. It was back over by the market, so I took a leisurely stroll back over there. When my food came,there was a single skewer of charcoal grilled Fistik, a roasted pepper, lavash, roasted tomato, bulghur wheat pilaf and a herb salad topped with Sumac. It was absolutely stunning, up there with the Cag Kebab that I had the day before.
On my way back to the ferry terminal, I spotted a terrace bar that looked over the river, so popped in there for ...
... other hand, I have nothing against peaceful worship of Allah but there is nothing peaceful in the off key sing song public prayer of 80 decibel loudspeakers outside my bedroom window at 5 am (and 4 other times per day). After our group tour we went off our our own. We were often approached by Turks who all love Americans and have some ...
... in the Rustem Pashi Mosque. Mehmet talked and answered our questions about his muslim religion as men came quietly into the mosque to pray. It was a good ending to the day.
We then walked back to the waterfront, where we traveled back across the Bosporus on the ferry and on to our hotel. Dinner this evening was as a group at the hotel.
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... city with so much to see. We had a great day.
2nd Day Istanbul
We woke up to the sound of thunder and lightening flashes behind the city and before long we had rain, but, thankfully, not too much and by about 9.30am the rain stopped and the sky began to clear. We decided not to go far as the ship was due to leave at 1pm so we headed for an Internet cafe close to the quayside and caught up on emails etc. It only cost 2 Euros for one hour and it was quite fast. ...
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