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 …
We landed in Istanbul on the 19th of May. The flight to Istanbul was interesting via Turkish airlines, firstly for some reason they seated us in between another couple? We swapped seats during the flight so it wasn't awkward, secondly when we asked for tea we got coffee and lastly they gave us an option of chicken, lamb or beef for our meals, but …
After an afternoon flight from Heathrow we had our first evening in Istanbul. The hotel is small and central and will be nicer in the summer when the garden at the rear will be open. Despite the cool weather we sat on the roof terrace and had our first beer of the holiday. From the roof we could see both the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sofia so …
... photos and looked at the ciy. The main port where we dock is right in the city and there are commuter ferries zipping around everywhere.
Outside the port gates there was only one hop on/off bus company waiting and they told us €20 each, then €15 each. But we wanted to pay in Turkish Lira as there had been eftpos machines in the port so we were quoted TL 200 for 5 of us and the tickets would last for 2 days, so we accepted this. Later when we worked out ...
... constructed as a garden facing Hagia Sophia and later converted to a cistern that filtered water for the great palace of Constantinople. Today, the cistern only holds a few feet of water throughout it, but is capable of holding 2.8 million cubic feet of water. Historical texts indicate that 7,000 slaves were used to construct the cistern. There are several cisterns in Istanbul but this one is the largest, most complete example and very fascinating to see!
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