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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... The rush was to try and get in front of the expected huge crowds. The Palace as the seat of the Ottoman Sultans for 400 years. Its gardens and rooms provide us with an insight into the glitz and glitter of the sultans. And yes it was crowded. The Palace also has a fantastic view of the Golden Horn which is the bridge between the East (Asia) and the West (Europe). After a walk through the palace and learning about the history of the sultans we view the intricate designs and hierarchy ...
The Blue Mosque is legendary. Huge and a rival to the close by Hagia Sophia. Where as the later has turned into a museum the Mosque is still a place for worship and tourism at its extreme. Times to visit are restricted (and unfortunately also the area inside) and I actually made the effort and stood in line for about 45 min. A wonderful opportunity for "Sozialkino" as a friend of mine calls these moments of taking in your fellow human beings behavior in all kind of ...
... into the metro and jumped on a train to our next destination. We got off, and after orienting myself with my trusty map, walked down towards the embassy. It was a lot further than it looked on be map and we ended up walking another half hour or so along to the street it was on, where we passed a metro stop that was one before the one we got off. That would've been easier! We walked along the street it was supposed to be on, but struggled to find it. We asked a group ...
... alive with private boats, other ferries and the like. We saw what appeared to be a couple of party boats with loud, Turkish music bumping and people dancing in circles holding eachother by the shoulders. A very festive evening. There seemed to be an air of festivity all around - maybe because it was the last day of the long weekend, or maybe this is just what Istanbul is like every Sunday. I'm not sure.
We got off in Emigran and ...
... hall, a friendly looking guy was holding up a sign with my name. This was true luxury.
Immediately we noticed that a lot had changed in Istanbul since our last visit many years ago; a lot more traffic and roads have improved tremendously too. Except for a few remnants of medieval city walls, Istanbul, on first blush, appears to be very modern.
At the hotel, we were greeted by a smiling ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet