The Byzantium Hotel & Suites
Travel Blogs from Istanbul
Aug 26...spent the day visiting the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bizarre.... warm day .. followed by a lovely dinner @ the roof top restaurant where we had a Testi Kebob which is chicken or lamb cooked in a clay pot over a open flame... very tasty... just relaxing in the room this evening and updating the travel blog.. had to summarize summarize the …
... itself. The square is really a very nice area to hang out, plenty to look at, lots of benches and grassy areas and easy to get everywhere from here.
Then we moved past the wall and came to the Blue Mosque. It is so beautiful, pictures don't do it justice. The entire area surrounding it is like a park with fountains and benches. And just across the road facing it, is Hagia Sophia, it's rival. This is no longer acting as a mosque, it is now ...
... and were both surprised when we found fries inside the wrap) and ate during the call to prayer. We then entered the mosque, removed our shoes, donned our scarves, and borrowed some skirts (probably should have thought about the skinny pants thing...) and looked up. It's easy to see why it's the Blue Mosque- the tiles are stunning!! Our next planned stop was the Galata Tower, on the other side of ...
... grand bazaar and the spice market, we walked around and around. Beautiful sunny day and warm in the sun, for morning tea we had a freshly squeezed apple juice and orange juice which was amazing and only 2.50TL. After some lunch we went in head first for some purchasing, after talking and haggling all the prices in the grand bazaar were extremely pricey even when you took 50% off and compared it to fixed price shops out side of the markets. We ended up doing our shopping in ...
... and then home again so it was sort of a guided free afternoon. After the underground it was closing in on 1pm so we decided to stop in at the Pudding Shop which we had been told was a must do stop if you could. Apparently it was world famous for its chocolate pudding. Well I caved to pressure to try one of the Iskabab's and I'm glad I did cause I was actually really nice and of course we all had the chocolate pudding. Wow wee was that rich!! I shared some of mine with Mel as ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services