Istanbul Royal Hotel
Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... that was the envy of other tile makers (blue, yellow, white and green were easy colours to produce, but red was extraordinarily difficult).
This is the first example of the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan building a mosque to an octagonal plan.
The shops are so like in Asia - heaps all selling the same things and they seem to 'specialise' in a particular item. You name it there was a shop to buy it....hardware/brooms/clothing/ lollies/copper ...
... the night to see what was happening.
Everywhere I walked I could see vast numbers of riot police with their shields and visors, but in all cases they were lounging casually in bars and restaurants, some were even buying milk and bread from tiny supermarkets. One of them spotted my camera and flash, and must have thought I was press. He gave me the biggest smile and wave, perhaps to influence the non-existent article he thought I would be writing the next day. I wandered around ...
... quite sure there wasn't an official Apple Store.
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I was accosted by a tout near the Grand Bazaar and l tried to brush him off by telling him I only needed shoes like the ones I was wearing. He told me he knew just the place. We were redirected to different shops before we got to one that had sports shoes. The tout hadn't known at all. He was merely asking random shoe shops where there was one that sold ...
... the only rain on this trip has been in Tbilisi. I went out for a walk up to Rustavelli again. My first stop was the ticket sales for the Tbilisi State Ballet Company. I had seen and advert for the Nutcracker the prior week and I hadn't bought a ticket because I wasn't 100% sure I'd be back in time. I bought a ticket for about $6.50. I next went to a local chain restaurant for a late lunch/early dinner. This restaurant is like the Georgian version of Cracker Barrel or Perkins. ...
That was some full day one in the Old Town -- we collapsed thinking about doing a lot more the next day!
We had the car for one more day, so ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet