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... about the hotel we were staying at and the way we had been treated so far, we woke up to no running water in our room. So without having a shower, we headed down to breakfast. We were pleasantly surprised to meet a man named Emre who straight away came over and introduced himself as our guide for the rest of the trip. He immediately came across as very friendly, helpful and well experienced so we relaxed a little. We were now in safe hands. We spent just about the entire day on the ...
This morning after breakfast we were heading to Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. On our way we found more shops! Our hotel is in a good spot. We aren't in the old city but it is an easy walk to the sights we want to see. It is also hoped it is in a good location to drive out easily with our hire car!!
We arrived at Aya Sofya and made our way in - WOW. It is hard to believe that it was built 1500 years ago. Also that when it was converted to a mosque ...
... increased in that time frame, although we also learned that it was a special weekend for Turks due to a public holiday for elections, and we were in Istanbul just before the start of the Tulip Festival. The city was festooned with tulips in every green area--parks, squares, road medians. The Ottoman rulers loved tulips and had them planted all over the city, and tulips have become a symbol of Turkey. Istanbul's 12 million tulips bloom in late March and early ...
... the separate token machine for the ferry. The Asian side of Istanbul was lively with a variety of restaurants and bars, and lots of young people out on the town. But I most enjoyed the boat ride itself, with the evening breeze in my face and Istanbul lit up all around me.
I realized I had managed to slip into the holiday mode again, when I was having a burger and fries at one of Istanbul's many ...
... government. Today, we checked out of our hotel and drove to Zeynel and Mehtap's apartment on the Asian side. We made a quick stop at MMM MIGROS - as Zeynel put it a "Farmer Jack" - and bought some breakfast foods. We arrived at their apartment after driving through many new cities. It was soo cool, the Asian side of Istanbul is totally different than the European side. It is more residential and people mainly live in large apartment ...