Travel Blogs from Istanbul
Song of the day: Inshallah - Eskimo Joe
In third world traffic
I'm dead amongst the static
It's coming through my ears
With a prayer mat at your feet
And a smoke that tastes so sweet
You can forget about the one's asleep
If only for one week
At an …
... the airport. Wanted so badly to stay at the Hotel Villa Zurich in Cihangir but decided to save the money and go back to Rapunzel in the end. Istiklal isn't actually that long or that exciting; was tough to kill time waiting for the show. Had a doner and found Babyface, the kuafor where I had a manicure. In hindsight, was probably a bad idea because I can't be sure the manicurist sterilized her tools (although, when she finished with my nails, she halfheartedly dipped the ...
... with their mates.
A strong wind blew off the Bosphorus as we turned the headland with the Ferry Port in sight..
We had the Sepetciler Kasri on one side of us and the Rail Station on the other. Eventually reaching the Ferry Port we crossed the main road via a footbridge so we could go and visit this once famous Railway Station.( Orient Express fame).
The station was in the middle of refurbishment with plastic sheet ...
... There are over 4000 stalls under a huge vaulted stone roof. There was clothing, shoes, leather jackets, jewellery, gold, porcelain, water smoking pipes plus much much more. We wandered about there for a couple of hours so that The Management could indulge in her favourite pastime. She had been honing her haggling skills on this trip but reached great heights in the bazaar - bagging quite a few bargains!! We had a delicious kebab lunch at a ...
... It was now 16:30 and we had worked up quite the appetite since breakfast. We stopped off for lunch at a small shop and ordered chicken sandwiches; they were full of flavorful spices and the bread was incredibly soft. We also tried Ayran, a common Turkish yogurt drink similar to American Kefir. It was sour-tasting and gross. Of course, we just fixed that by ending the meal with two glasses of šay -- Uncle Albert is officially addicted. Walking down the ...