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Great hotel, wonderful staff and great service! We enjoyed our stay thoroughly and recommend upgrading to one of the spacious suites!
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Like our last day in Rome, this was another day of walking for the record books. Wanting to make the most of our time in Istanbul, the Fit Bit has us with a whopping 12.63 miles today!
While we didn't walk there, we did decide to start our day by catching a ferry to the Western edge of the Asian continent, thus marking the third continent …
... wooden Ottoman mansion and is very small and pretty. The staff are really friendly and helpful. On the first night we ended up in the bar on the terrace with a bottle of wine as you do. The waiter had to leave at 11pm to catch his last bus so he showed Stefan how to lock up and switch off the lights when we had finished. How sweet is that?
During the day we visited the Basilica Cisterns which date from the 6th century and are ...
... fare up a cobblestoned alley, then for dinner went to a lovely restaurant with fine dinning just up from us that was recommended by a local, the food was wonderful, sitting out on the cobblestone street on a perfect night. We were given complimentary tea for Gail & I the boys having Turkish coffee followed by Turkish delight. We were told we could go up to the rooftop garden getting a good view of city which we ...
... presence somewhere inside the walls as there are armed soldiers at particular gateways (another great photo opportunity !).
After lunch, we took the tram from Sultanahmet to Kabatas and then the connecting funicular to Taksim Square - the central public square of Istanbul. Again, huge crowds evident - out and about with families for a Saturday afternoon stroll and some retail therapy.
There is a long road of retail shops ...
... be picking up ingredients for a traditional Turkish breakfast. We walk through the main 'tourist' part where the prices are all inflated, and go to the back where all the locals shop. He makes our purchases, and we're off to our first stop - a Turkish tea house, which was located in the back streets where the locals go. Our breakfast consists of simit (Turkish type bagel), bal kaymak (buffalo clotted cream with honey), pastirma (beef pastrami), goats cheese, cow cheese and olives. ...