Point Hotel Barbaros
Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... alive with revelers until (very) late into the night. Istiklal St seems to get busier the later in the night it gets. At 11pm it remains full of families, shoppers and tourists. The food options in the new town are much broader, the dress code is more casual and liquor is sold more openly.
Police presence was extreme on the Turkish National day. We cautiously walked past Taksim Square and there were thousands of police. Some in full ballistic riot gear ...
the jewels of the empire. The tour was finished off at the entrance of the
Grand Bazaar, a 4000 shop 65 street shopping extravaganza. Death by exhaustion
was imminent, so I saved my shopping for the next day and headed back to the
hotel for a nap and a shower so I could be fresh as a daisy for our night at a
dinner show! What a crazy night! It started off with some traditional dancing
by the ladies, followed by a spectacularly talented ...
... a day.
The designs are based on their way of life.
The girls live a nomadic, rural lifestyle, and so their carpets depict the life giving power of water, protection against wolves, fertility, the evil eye etc.
So, we have bought a little piece of Turkey, and helped a girl get a good husband, and fed the carpet guy and at least four of his workers and their families for about two months.
And hopefully the ...
... watching the waves of the Aegean gently lapping the shore as we contemplated the horrors of war. We had left Canakkale at dawn and caught an earlier ferry across the Dardanelles than expected. Gülin, our wonderful guide, had suggested this unplanned excursion since one of the members of our group comes from Australia.
The horrors of war were still present, at least symbolically, in the mosaics at our ...
... to roaming around this massive area and just absorb everything that came with it. It was interesting going from one shop to the next looking at all the things and trading banter with the owners. They would say the funniest things such as "Let me help you spend your money" and Lindsay had one guy say while walking past "Where you going I thought we had something". It's all in good fun and whatever you do don't let what they say get to you because it will only make your day go ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
- Business Services