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 …
... awesome. Second, when people see the sign "all other passports" it essentially means "run to the tiny gate and then get herded in like cattle." And being in the half patient half Im going to punch you mood that I was in, I allowed it for a few minutes and then I used my large bag to make sure people didn't get passed me any more. After a nice 20 minute wait, I get up to the passport control guy and give him my passport only to be told that I need to go back out and ...
... and found a PAPER map. No dependency on high tech for this dude. I even remembered how to refold it along the original fold lines, I amaze people with ancient skills honed decades ago on long car based road trips with wife, two kids and the family cat. The day was capped with an excellent steak dinner above a bustling shopping district far away from Istanbul's famed tourist areas. I thought I had disguised ...
... it before the main crowds. The Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi are all near each other in a little complex, but we’ll come back to the others later.
Topkapi was built on the site of Byzantium, the city founded by Greeks whose chief was Byzant, thus giving rise to the Byzantine Empire. The Roman emperor Constantine built his Eastern capital on the site of Byzantium and thus founded the city of Constantinople. The treasures are in ...
... Hamam. What an incredible experience! I would have a Turkish Bath regularly if I lived here. Of course, no photos were allowed but you come out feeling incredibly relaxed and squeaky clean. It is not something that you do in a hurry. We got back to the hotel at about 4:30 - incredibly relaxed.
Got home to two doves in bathroom. The window was open and they were perched on it. I think I scared them as much as they frightened ...