Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... the square and just get a drink somewhere. We found a café down some back street and rested. The waiter was really friendly and talked with the guys about football. I had nothing to contribute to this conversation!
When we returned to the hostel, we decided to get a bath. Having a Turkish bath is something that everyone should experience at least once. It is not a spa experience by any means, but I realized that I have not been giving myself a proper bath for all ...
... the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, two impressive sites rising high above the streets. The grand bizarre was not quite what I expected, many of the shops were selling designer clothes not endless alleys of more ethnic goods and delights. The spice market provided some scents and flavours of the east. The streets were packed with people and the heat relentless and tiring. Alex and I then stumbled across a barbers that did the cut throat shave. It was the first time I had ...
... portion of Turkey west of the Bosporus is geographically part of Europe), bordering the Black Sea, between Bulgaria and Georgia, and bordering the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, between Greece and Syria
Straddling two continents, Europe and Asia, and bordering the volatile Middle East, Turkey has an unrivalled history stretching back thousands of years. From the ancient Hittites to the Ottomans, dozens of civilizations have made Turkey their ...
... I had some excellent grilled chicken (Tavuk Sheesh) wrapped in lavash bread, for 15 TL (about $8). Other diners were smoking hookah pipes, and the menu choices for flavors included watermelon and bubble gum. Back at the Aristocrat Hotel, the staff called a taksi for us, so that we could move to our Cosmos tour location. We had the quickest cab driver in town; 10 km took only 1.5 seconds. It seems like a good time to give you some tourist information. Istanbul ...
... down a small alley just near the ruins of Theodosius' City Walls.
In old Constantinople (present-day Sultanahmet region of Istanbul), there were actually 2 key city walls built to protect the peninsula (especially from the Huns, then later from the Turks): one built by Constantine, and then later after expansion, another was built further out by Theodosius II. Both had a number of gates. Nothing remains of the Constantine Wall. You'll see our ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center