The Istanbul EDITION
Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... ferry didn't drop us off at the harbor in the touristy Sultanahmet neighborhood where our hostel was, but in the Galata neighborhood where Turks are more likely to live instead. That meant we had a nice long walk over the Galata Bridge and through Sultanahmet by night, which was very pleasant with everything lit up. We woke up early the next morning and visited the Basilica Cistern, a 1500-years-old underground chamber supported by 336 Ionic and Corinthian ...
... pointy butts. It was strange.
Next, we passed into the second courtyard. The first building we visited is where secret meeting were held. Both inside and outside, there were taps with running water, which would be turned on to prevent people from eavesdropping.
In this courtyard, we visited the treasure rooms. So many jewel-encrusted everything. Mostly ewers and boxes, made out of jade, rock crystal, and zinc. Some had large emeralds or rubies … and ...
... way to the spice bazaar. Not a new spot for me, but nevertheless it is entertaining and interesting to visit. We rushed back to a pub next to the hostel to watch the Formula 1 race, as Hiro and I are Formula 1 fans. Once again, Sebastian Vettel won the race getting one step closer of securing the championship for the season. I joined Zeynep for nargile after she came back from Sumabeach and I talked to her for a couple on hours. I didn't get to talk to get much during the party ...
Zeynel told us that this is the first time in ten years that anything like this has ever happened. Yes, people have protested before, but not like this. The little protest in Taksim against the construction of a building on a park has become a multi-city rally against police brutality and for human rights. This led me to understand how diverse ideologies are here - between Muslim sects, Kurds and Turks, conservative and liberal Muslims, pro ...
... with the printed directions he comments that "the directions are not quite so correct.'
We had a sandwich on the plane, so we're not hungry and decide to head out to the Arasta Bazaar which is a short walk from the hotel. Jeanne had a recommendation on their shops. We check at the desk for directions (just down the block!). Then, with my little Istanbul guide book and map in hand, but as usual not too sure about the directions, we head out. And snap ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center