Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... touch-callout: none;">The rituals of evacuation training and the Captain's cocktail party followed and then we enjoyed a lovely dinner in the speciality French restaurant Jacques.It was midnight before we sailed through the narrow straits of the Dardanelles, with Gallipoli on our right. Although we did not see the memorial, we did think of those 500,000 men who were lost - including so many Australians; what a terrible thing war ...
Our first stop was the Basilica Cistern, built in 532, a vast under ground water storage tank held up by lots of giant columns. It had a surprisingly dry atmosphere and the classical music and lighting made it feel quite magical. Surprisingly there were some very big fish where swimming around in the tank and seemed to be doing well in perpetual darkness. I was impressed by the four metre water proof walls and thought Georgian Bath could have done with ...
... the mosque (apparently ‘distractions’), while the men freely prayed on the carpet out the front.
Our stomachs were rumbling wildly, indicating that lunch was well overdue, so we went in search of a cheap cafe. We found one down a side street, where two over-the-top waiters were happy to usher us inside. We ordered a mixed meze (dips) to start and I had a beef and egg pide for main. I drank my first Turkish apple tea as well, which was delicious! A TV hung on ...
... kemençe, zurna wind instrument, the ney, and the double-headed davul drum.
· Turkish folk music is based chiefly on lyrics (about 95% of all folk music has lyrics).
· In Turkey folk dance is invariably accompanied by musical instruments. (Please refer to the music section) In some regions, women perform folk dances to the accompaniment of folk songs.
... 2013 riots) I made my way to Ataturk International airport – on the western side of Istanbul – via the excellent Havatas airport shuttle bus. Here I was told that, although I had a boarding card, I was on "reserve" and would have to wait until the check-in deadline of one hour had passed before I would know if I could board the plane – aaaargh! The flight had been overbooked, with 7 other ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
- Free parking