Star Hotel Istanbul
Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... almost oppressive but hey not complaining as I'm working on a tan (yeah right). This morning we crammed into a little Fiat cab which took us to the world famous Grand Bazaar, or as some call it, the Grand Bizarre!! 4000 little shops and the oldest and probably largest collection of craft, gold, soccer jerseys etc in the world. I can't believe how many times we harassed to buy this or that. I mean why would I want to buy a leather jacket in this heat, and no my kids don't need ...
... same things. Coming back home we stumbled upon the Spice Bazaar again which I actually prefer much more. After buying more lokum we found something for dinner before going back to the room.
So far we have found everyone to be so friendly and very helpful. Nothing is too much trouble. They also are not so pushy as some of the countries we have been. It is nice to be able to look at things in shops and talk to the shop owners without feeling pressured to ...
... that is home to several blocks of modern, big-name stores in historic buildings, as well as stylish taverns and bars. Due to election day regulations, no alcohol could be served until the polls closed, so the taverns and bars that are so famous in this neighborhood were all shuttered. It felt like half the city was out and about on this street, though, just walking up and down the avenue and along the lanes extending off its side. Istiklal is a bit of a place to see ...
... things we are unlikely to forget, but just as unforgettable was the hour spent in the tile shop having impromptu tea with the owners and the constant hassle I got from all the male shopkeepers and passersby trying to sell me stuff as I venture out for an afternoon on my own. “Ladies leather jacket, Miss?” “A cup of team, Madam?” “Please step inside, my ...
We both slept well. When we awoke about 6 hours later, lo and behold, it was time for breakfast. You have GOT to be kidding me! But before breakfast a little "lite fare" to awaken your taste buds.
Fresh fruit, a mango/lime smoothie, coffee, and fresh cheeses with a roll.
Then they brought breakfast.
It was like being on a cruise ship but you had no place to run and no place to hide. What a great ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet