Travel Blogs from Istanbul
Today consisted of the tokapi palace, Hagia Sophia, basilica cistern, and the blue mosque. the tokapi palace was built by one of sultans from a very long time ago. theres many different buildings within the area. we toured the sultans residing area. then there was the area called the Harem (hareem) this where the women of the palace would reside. the women would include the mother of the sultan who is in charge of this area, the mother of the sultans first son, the other wives and ...
... leisure areas that housed all the sultans wives and children. Last, we entered the Pavilion of the Holy Mantle with houses a tunic worn by the prophet Mohammed. This pavilion holds some of the most holy relics in Islam. The mantle is locked away in a golden box in a room behind glass (much like the Shroud of Turin) that is guarded constantly. Also of interest was a staff that belonged to Moses.
A walk through history like ...
... did mention that he enjoyed the Grand Bazaar and experiencing the cultural art of bargaining; he jested that if he were to open a business solely based on sales, he'd employ Turkish salespeople due to their accosting ability and assertiveness.
Our last day in Istanbul concluded with a 3-course meal outside our hotel. Lured into this restaurant by being promised free coffee and dessert, we took the bait and ordered steak dinners; disappointing to ...
... pace and then spent the night clubbing. So I decided to take it easy today. I bummed around the hostel for a couple hours before heading out noonish.
There are 2 places that sell the museum hopper, the Hagia Sophia and the Mosiac Museum. After talking to the receptionist at the hostel I decided to get my pass at the Mosiac Museum. While it took me like 15 minutes to find the place (tucked away on a side street of some bazaar) there was no line for the ...
... after trying a few times. They told me that local ppl often come to nargeli place to smoke and drink chais, that's how they enjoy life. It seemed to be enjoyable to me until the waiter took away my unfinished chai without asking. In fact, this happens almost everywhere here as they tend to make more business. Watch out if you’re in Istanbul! Murat suggested that we could go to Buyukcekmece (there is historical bridge) and Hamam to take a nice walk at the ...
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