Istanbul Royal Hotel
Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... the mosaics so you could see them in greater detailed, but we had a wander round to see them anyway. In each of the four corners (if you can have a corner in a dome) there is an angel mosaic and the Muslims did blank out their faces – one only has been uncovered recently. The Muslims have put up eight enormous round panels with calligraphy names of important people including Jesus (who they do recognise) – at one time they were going to be removed ...
... their call to prayer. The Grand Bazaar encompasses over 60 covered streets, has over 3,000 shops and was constructed in about 1450. We were told that between 250,000-350,000 visitors come to the Bazaar daily; it is both enchanting and overwhelming!
Shops sell everything from souvenir trinkets, to precious jewels, carpets, textiles, lamps, shoes, leather goods, furs, spices, candies...pretty much anything you want, plus things you didn't want, are all ...
... This is the largest of the two mosques seen. During lunch, the agency skipped the usual trip into Taksin Square so i went into the restored mosque cistern. Built with Roman arches, the subsurface lake has walkways leading to the Medusa head bases. Then it's on the Chora Church, a Christian church with mosaics and frescoes also used as a mosque at one time. Many sights speak to the ...
... i stewed over it over a couple of cold ones. there is a turkish beer called Efes which is not a bad drop and is served australian standard cold! so thursday when i showed up to the shop the guy explained over google translate that it was stuffed and couldn't be fixed over here unless they had 4-5 months. he was very sorry and extremely apologetic, i think he was good at fixing the screen but when it came to anything else going wrong then he had no idea. so he gave me ...
Turkey! We finally made it to you!
We started our three'ish weeks here in Istanbul and started it with a bang. A reunion weekend with Bronwyn who flew from London to hang out for a few days! We had a jam packed few days of siteseeing in this bustling city. There's so much to see and do in Istanbul (a city in both Europe and Asia) so we ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet