Santa Sophia Hotel
Travel Blogs from Istanbul
Not much further down was the Spice Bazaar. The amazing displays of spices was just so colourful - a riot of colour. It looked awesome and was wonderful to wander through. We enjoyed some taste testing of the specialty - Lokum or Turkish Delight. Nothing like we have tried before and just Yum!
This bustling marketplace was constructed in the 1660s as part of the New Mosque complex, with rents from the shops going to support the upkeep of the mosque ...
... of the smaller lanes and streets and strained my ears to hear any sounds of disquiet, but I could hear none. It seemed as though the worst was over, and all I managed to get was a few poultry shots of fires and barricades. A few days later I met another Australian who had arrived eight hours earlier than me, and got swept up in the riots with his camera by pure chance and accident. As he was showing me the incredible images he’d taken on his camera, my jealousy was such that I ...
... I ended up finding a pair I liked but was quoted a ridiculous price. I offered what I though they were worth. The salesman insisted that he had started with his best price. No problem. I walked out. A Grand Bizarre shop that doesn't negotiate? What malarkey. The tout pleaded for me to stop in his scarf shop. All cheap ****. I began to leave and the tout called me 'rude’ for taking up his time and not buying anything. What a ****.
... the mashed beans in a hot pot with pickled veggies and the local corn bread. There were some interesting veggies in the mix - one I've never seen before plus so green tomatoes.
I dressed for a night out and headed out to the theater to see The Nutcracker. The theater was nearly packed and there were lots of kids. The version was quite a bit different from the version I saw in Seattle a couple years ago. The opera house where they normally would perform was ...
... to visit the outlying points of interest next. And we also decided that we needed to have Oktay work with us on our last day as well. He was available and happy (we think) to continue taking ten million pictures of US!! So, off we went to the Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent. It was designed by the famous architect Sinan and built in the ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility