Arasta Boutique Hotel
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Airport Transportation
- Room service
- Non-smoking rooms
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We had planned on spending 6-7 hours in Istanbul, out of our 10 hour layover. The 10 hour layover was planned so that we could spend the day in one of the greatest cities of civilization. But arriving at 8:30 PM instead of 3:00 PM gave us no choice but to stay at the airport. However, given that over half the plane missed their flights, it made missing a great dinner and touring the Grand Bazaar much easier to take. ...
... me to believe that no one is religious or maybe it's a practice of the older generation. Anyways, since it was prayer time we decided to go shopping at the grand bizarre.
The bizarre was amazing, but very overwhelming. We definently got lost, and they were selling Anything and everything you could think of. Late afternoon we headed back to the Blue Masque, and as we were walking through a busy tourist area a man stops us and asks if ...
... tea while they talked about the different patterns and materials which ranged from 200 a 20,000 USD. Lunch was free time at the Grand Bazaar and we found a place to sit and eat Turkish pizza with most of the rest of the group. The grand bazaar is massive and spans over 60 streets with over 4000 shops and stalls, we only got a quick look but definitely going back tomorrow! After lunch we went to the Basilica Cistern which used to be a massive underground water tank ...
... quite a lot of walking. Ironically, having picked a 10 bed dorm to try and meet people, I had been the only person in the room. I was joined in the room eventually, by a guy from Germany and we were soon having a couple of bottles of Efes in the hostel bar.
Later, I met Faraz, Ola and some of Ola's friends by Osmanbey metro station and we went to a cafe that specialised in Mandi, a Turkish dumpling that came served with a big pile of yoghurt and some ...
... chips to the side of each meal. It happens quite frequently in Turkey actually!
Two tram rides took us to the Edirnekapı neighbourhood. From the tram station we walked through the dilapidated suburban streets to the ancient Chora church. Built in the 1300s, this church is a 700 year old sparkly example of Christianity. The mosaics and frescoes inside are really beautiful, dating from the last period of the Byzantine painting. It’s amazing how all ...