Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... apparently many wealthy people live here. Eda and her family were fantastic hosts to me on the eastern side of the city.
Turkish Baths abuse
When Barlas, Koray and I were walking around Besiktas I saw a sign for Turkish baths. I had never been to Turkish baths before so I was intrigued. Barlas and Koray didn't want to join me but I went ahead not knowing what to expect nevertheless. I had to strip off in a little room which really confused me. It had windows so ...
Breakfast on roof top bar and then off to see the sights! Awesomeness that our hostel was located in Sultanahmet district right near all the highlights ;) First stop: Aya Sofya Istanbul's most famous monument, completed in 537 it was the greatest church in Christendom until Mehmet the conquerer converted it into a mosque in 1453. In 1935 it became a Unesco world heritage site and a museum. Magnificent domed ceiling soaring heavenward above cavernous rooms and hallways; covered ...
... Constantinople was conquered by Ottoman Turks, under Sultan Mehmed II, who ordered this main church of the Orthodox Christianity be converted into a mosque. It was beautiful inside and some areas had amazing mosaic tile details. It was such a shame that majority of the tiling and details of the beautiful interior was covered over in an attempt to eradicate any remaining orthodox references and murals when Islam became the dominant regligion. It's a pity because although ...
... great so I can walk everywhere. I'm going to sleep with my windows open. My room is quite small in comparison to standard American hotels but it's suitable for me.
Tomorrow, well technically today, is going to be a long on. I will be retrieved from my hotel merely in a few hours to head to Kayseri and Cappadocia (via plane). I should have many pictures posted tomorrow so check back. I'm going to sleep now as I hear the seagulls chattering. ...
... are places they have dug up that have 6 different eras thousands of years apart all within 5m of each other. You could be standing on something 3000yrs old with you left foot and 2000yrs old with your right. That night we stayed in Ayavalik, which is a laid coastal town dating back to the ottoman-Greek period, some of the old locals still speak Greek. We watched the sunset and stayed in a funky b&b. Wednesday we took off to Selçuk which is the town next ...
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