Arden City Hotel
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... the train unless you arrive at a time that isn't rush hour like we did) he had to call Ipek for directions and this is also an area of very narrow one way streets.
The first thing we noticed was that we are staying in the lighting district. Practically every shop here is selling LED lights, lampshades, fans or other electrical gear related to lighting. However one street behind and you are in a tourist street leading to ...
... Strait that encounters the Sea of Marmara. That confluence creates a peninsula whose tip is known as the Old Istanbul that served as the seat of the Byzantine empire for a 1,000 years. At least that’s what Wikipedia says.
In other words, I’m staying in the oldest part of the city and it sure is reflected in my neighborhood. The house is on the right side of an alley so narrow that no car can squeeze through. I ...
... day in Istanbul started very similar to the first with the same impressive view. Today however we were actually going to check out these landmarks.
Our first attraction was the Blue Mosque, which we timed to perfection post morning prayers. The line was moderate and once our shoes were off (which apparently is a struggle for some tourists) we were inside.
The mosque itself is as impressive inside as it is outside with tiled mosaics climbing the walls and ...
... as I recall. That seems crazy, but I was eager to get to India. I also passed through Afghanistan in less than a week -- I would have lingered if I had known it would cease to exist. (As I may have mentioned elsewhere, the Lonely Planet guide I was carrying on that trip was a set of mimeographed pages stapled together. I would have kept it if I had known it would become an empire).
Anyway what I liked best was ...
... was sticking out into the water.
Arriving back in the city, we asked to tour Taksim Square, where the riots broke out last year (more about the political situation in a later blog entry). We also walked down the main street in this area then took the funicular back down to the coast where our car was waiting. A very fun day!
Tomorrow, we leave the hotel at 5:15 am to catch an early morning flight to Cappadocia!