Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... forged and fortified, perceptions changed and gratitude instilled and enhanced. We left Durusu Park this morning and headed for the forested hills that separated us from the Black Sea. On the way, we happened upon a Starbucks - our first since Vienna. I squealed with delight - after all, we'd been in Turkey for 3 days and not only had we not found the fabled Turkish coffee, but it seemed we were doomed to Nescafé for the duration of our trip. We fueled up on the ...
... spent some time people watching as we meandered across, and then chose one of the stalls along the Bosphorus River waterfront to enjoy a Balık Ekmek (a fresh-caught fish and locally-baked bread sandwich) for 6 TL/ea (~$3/ea). For a drink, I settled on Limonata -- a delicious peppermint lemonade that was also served on Turkish Airlines as we flew in -- while Uncle Albert decided ...
‘No gas’, Roisin added
Putting them on the counter the vendor said, ‘1 Turkish lire…for them both!!’ That translates to about 30p!! OK, he may have just filled the bottles up from the Bosphorus but it was cold and inviting so I wasn’t going to argue.
As I turned around to walk away, there was another vendor that seemed to be selling what I can only describe as fake IDs!! There seemed to be laminates of ...
... that didn't help our situation.
I decided to keep my towel on and try to relax and let the steam clear my mind and body. This didn't work for long, as every time I caught a glance of one my friends laughter escaped me without warning. There was a lot of snorting.
After a few minutes of trying to relax in the steam, a chubby Turkish woman came in and grabbed me and my friend Caryn, taking us into a separate room which had a sink and a marble ...
Today we are heading out to do the open air bus. Yesterday's tour to the Mosque and Topkapi was a major waste of money so we think it's better to do our own thing. Weather lovely again so we are hoping to cover the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar today. Our hotel is really lovely (see pics) and brekky one of the best - even has a ...
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet