Sheraton Istanbul Atakoy Hotel
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Today we had a morning of shopping in Sirince before heading to the airport and back to Istanbul. Sirince is a wonderful town - lots of small shops and restaurants. It's in the hills, away from the heat of the larger cities.
We flew to Istanbul and were picked up at the airport by Ari, another tour guide, who brought us to our hotel. Like …
... at time. Jack of course found the whole thing fascinating. The Spice Bazaar is a feast for the senses, it smells fantastic and almost every shop is selling something you'd wat to eat. So far we have resisted the urge to buy Turkish Delight as we'd eat it before getting on the plane and if we didn't it would mean we'd need a new bag to pack it into - travelling light means just that! Once out of the Spice Bazaar the streets turn ...
... a hand-rail and if I didn’t have to remove my shoes. I found the place through AirBnB.
It’s also a 15 minute walk to the Ecumenical Patriarchate. All I had to do was follow the pathway running parallel with the Golden Horn, turn left up a cobblestone hill and turn right onto another cobblestone road and then there it was. It’s been in the current location since 1586. It’s a walled compound complete with ...
... some of the information we had been given regarding Islam and the Mosques.
From our sitting spot we moved towards the Hagia Sophia however once seeing the line to get in we amended our plans and went in search of the Basilica Cistern.
Before finding the cistern however our bodies and minds finally gave in to the exhaustion of illness that we had been fighting since the end of our sailing trip, with our next stop amended to a pharmacy we instead stocked up ...
... br> Also Apartment Emporium, TL 136/night
Bus to Xanthi (Greece), TL 146 for two people.
Transit rides in Istanbul are flat fare, just over TL 2 for tram, bus, metro and many ferries (not car ferries). You need a transit card, TL 3.50 non-refundable, which you can top up at corner shops.
There are several good tourist information offices, one at the Eminonu tram stop near the Galata Bridge.