Santa Sophia Hotel
Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... somewhere else but they were too big to fit through the doors, and they’re huge. The floor is marble but for a couple of hundred years it was boarded over, like a false floor about two feet above, and covered in carpets because the stone was too cold for praying on.
We followed that with a drive along to the Grand Bazaar where Yusuf left us to our own devices for an hour and a half. We had lunch (baguette filled with kebab stuff then went to ...
... Grand Bazaar. As you can imagine, with 3,000 shops, merchants are vying for your business and they are not at all afraid to call out to you, invite you to come view their items, or whatever else it takes to get you to look at their merchandise. I found this particularly interesting since everywhere else, men selling items had kept true to the islamic custom of not speaking to a female directly. For the faint of heart, shopping here could do you in! We had come ...
... between religionsq. Climbing the city wall was a challenge of very steep, narrow steps. The wall cut off the peninsula on which the old city sits. The Golden Horn was protected from ships by. A heavy chain across the mouth of the inlet. A final visit to the vast Gr Bazaar was a study in crowded shopping with which I quickly lost interest. It was a nice walk back through some ritzy ...
... screen and didn't charge me. i thought i might just get a second opinion so i went to another few shops, and none of them had any idea. then i fond one, they tested it and it worked with the inside piece that wasn't the thing that the other guy said it was. anyway, they fixed it all for me no worries for 285 turkish ($153), so i got it all fixed for cheaper anyway. the rest of thursday i wandered about the city some more and generally just took it easy. I've been ...
... to return at the end of our Turkish adventures to try and tick more off the city's to-do list.
We filled our time in Istanbul with siteseeing (the blue mosque and Hagia Sophia to name a few), marketing (some of the world's most famous trading markets filled with baklava, Turkish delight, spices, nuts and dried fruit, haggling, etc ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service