Antik Konak Istanbul
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... thoroughfares. Often they check buses and trucks. We presumed they were looking for illegals. Our passports were checked and, with big grins, they waved us on. This was our 3rd time and each time the police were super friendly and courteous.
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The toll road to Istanbul was quite scenic with plenty of green agricultural space and lakes.
... t hear the guide here either, because the room was so echoey and she was so far away! So we just hung out with the boys and the Croatian girls before the tour finished and we headed through the gift shop (of course) to exit the building. Darren and Keith had a bit of a bootie fight and came out with their booties in shreds. Pretty funny. We walked around the outside of the palace and circled around to where the next tour was going from, the Harem. We had about ...
... dinner at a place Koray recommended called Otentik (when I asked what the name of the authentic restaurant he recommended he told me that was its name). I got potato dumplings and what I can only describe as a Turkish quesadilla. It was amazing and our waiter called us beautiful angels and gave us free tea. Not a bad night.
So that's it for now! Honestly so far it's been unbelievable I still can't get over how amazing this place is. Definitely worth checking out. More to come ...
... not the worst island either) and chilled out at a beach resort for the day. Istanbul is such a massive city, the whole coast line is full of buildings for the entire 1.5hour ferry ride to the Island. Istanbul is a very exciting and lively city - and I recommended spending time not just on the old town side, but in the super modern city too. Oh, great kebabs. Especially from our "kebab guy down the ...
... us to the Topkapi Palace instead. We decided to do the Palace some other time and navigated our way through the coble stoned streets to the Blue Mosque. The building is so impressive to see as you walk up to it and the lawns surrounding are really well manicured but the place was swarming with Bosphorous Boat operators and people trying to sell postcards to us. We ignored them, politely, and took some photos of the building. It was prayer time so we couldn't go ...