Hotel El Blanco
Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... literally and figuratively, but thankfully, this guy just took us to our neighborhood. I mean, we would have known if he was being funny, but how would we have communicated that?
We stopped at a street vendor for dinner - rice layered with chickpeas and (for Gid) some grilled chicken on top - only 2 Lira each (that's like just a tad more than a dollar!) Best deal in town. We ate and watched the traffic before heading back home.
... of them, and others had very curious designs. While walking around, we were greeted by a particularly friendly, furry feline who kept us company. Istanbul is crawling with cats -- it's not uncommon to see at least one kedi on every street. Inside the lodge, there were fascinating displays of some of the original instruments that were used to during the dances.
For both lunch and dinner we ate like princes for the price of paupers at ...
... daily catch. Observation: there were very few women on the streets. Beautiful cobble stoned streets leading down to the waterfront, plus the Bosphurous Bridge, which connects the East with the West (similar looking to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco). We had dinner at a lovely restaurant on the waterfront - we ate tapas, Turkish meatballs, lamb and drank very nice local red wine and beer. This was all ...
... depict the life of Mary in great detail including her childhood, her parents and ancestors. The frescoes are thought to have been painted by the same masters who created the mosaics and display a sophisticated use of perspective. Chora is truly a gem that is worth the effort to get to and can serve as a good antidote if you start to experience mosque fatigue!
Haggling for the right price is considered a sport in Istanbul's famous Grand Bazaar, one ...
... very reluctant to leave the cab with only the vague walking instructions, but there wasn't much choice. We pulled our suitcases over cobblestone streets, up a hill before going down the next hill, and we did ultimately find the apartment, but it was pretty tiring! (Remember that very morning we had woken up very early and jumped off a mountain.)
So on Friday the 21st, we woke up pretty late, had a leisurely breakfast, read in the bay windows of the apartment, ...
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- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking