The Byzantium Hotel & Suites
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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 …
... way back not one person try to sell me anything or try to get me to eat something. It was beautiful. That is until I made the mistake of petting a street cat by the Blue Mosque. Dead give away. Some guy starts talking about cats and then asks where I am from, we talk about Istanbul and after several minutes, Bam! He works for a rug store that is no where near where he is but it is obvious he is there just to hustle people. He keeps insisting I go to store now. ...
... or grease (but they still look like a thigh on a spit) now it was back to the hostel, which was dead easy this time, I had been up and down most of these streets yesterday, so recognised most of them and the people in the shops
It was quite nice just looking and wandering, snapping a few pictures and not looking at rugs or mosques, but still letting people practice their English on me (some spoke better than I did) but they liked talking to me (as I did them)
“Istanbul! Istanbul! The bus for Istanbul is soon leaving!”
We pile inside the warm dry office and buy our tickets. At least they are cheaper than the ferry, just TL 35 (US$ 19) for the trip. Cecilia steps across the street to a shop selling all manner of dried fruit, nuts and Turkish Delight to stock up for our ride.
“Over here!” we hear a cry. It’s the employee who has reserved our seats.
“It’s all ...
... there trying to take it all in which was over-whelming. I then began walking straight ahead as I did not want to do any turns and wind up in South Africa somewhere. I stayed on cournse till the end and then turned left and went to the end. It was too much for me. Vendors out the kazoo selling everything that you just walked past on the streets but more of it. I began my journey back. I'm glad I did. I came upon a little shop that had my type of ...
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