Taksim Gonen Hotel
Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... standard "Excuse me – where are you from?" patter that nearly everyone opens with. A carpet seller in the Grand Bazar informed me that I was not allowed to leave Turkey without a carpet.
But the one that really took the cake was a “cold call” while we are walking down the street not far from the major tourist sites in Istanbul. A guy walking the other way greeted me like a long lost friend with “What state are you from – don’t worry, ...
Today we visited the Hagia Sophia, which was built under the rule of Emperor Justinian I. It took 5 years to complete the building and was completed on 547. Hagia Sophia was the largest church in the world for one thousand years and is adorned with gold plate ceilings and marble floors. We saw many mosaic depictions of Jesus and the Virgin Mary on the walls and enjoyed viewing the first floor from the second floor balconies. I observed ...
When Istanbul and i were first introduced early on a Monday morning, neither of us were at our best. I was disheveled and sticky from 25 hours of flying and airporting. Istanbul was very much awake, but looked like she'd had a rough night. Rubbish littered the side of the train tracks, graffiti covered the walls and overpasses, and a clammy grey fog clung to the city, much like how I imagine a clammy grey fog would cling in some Dickensian novel (which I have not read). ...
... in times of conflict, that we could spend more time thinking about what it is we have in common with each other in our own families, friends and communities (rather than being focused on real or imagined differences, untruths or past history) and focus instead on the power of acts of true virtue and kindness....ok, enough of my pondering, here are some pics to go with ...
... Caddesi we were charmed into dining with a local known as "Al Pacino" who touted that he was 8th on Trip Advisor for dining in the Old City. We were hesitant to believe him at first, so of course he pulled the review up on the website as proof before seating us! Delicious food and watching our waiter Joseph balance not one, not two, but three Effes beers in his head and dancing at the same time was the perfect way to end our day ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility