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Arrived Istanbul before our mates, checked in and of to discover Istanbul by night.....in search of the essentials! Beer and wine! Unlike Spain most supermarkets no grog....an hour later we found a tiny supermarket that sold grog.......but so expensive compared to Spain.....bought BBQ corn from street vendor and a Turkish type pancake, spinach and ...
... none the less, I had a great time freezing my nuts off taking pictures and enjoying the scenery and good company. Unfortunately like all good things, the boat trip had to end, so soon back to the docks and then back to the hotel for a well deserved rest, our last night in Istanbul so we tried to enjoy it in true Exchange student fashion.
8th of February: Today my Canadian room mate Noah and I got up early and packed our bags to prepare for our bus trips back to where we ...
one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on
Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, with a population of 14.1 million, the city forms the largest urban agglomeration in Europe, second largest in the Middle East and the fifth-largest city in the world with 2,063 square miles, covering two continents, straddling ...
As we approached the visitors' entrance of the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet), a man informed us that after visiting the Blue Mosque it is traditional to buy a carpet. This sounded reasonable. He also told us that he had recently caught a salmon at Campbell River BC, that he had a Mountain Equipment Coop backpack, and that there is no obligation to buy a carpet, although it is traditional to do so. So naturally we agreed to visit his ...
Today we continued to visit the major tourist draw cards in Istanbul:
- the 5th century walls of Constantinople which stretched for 20 kms around the ancient peninsula city and were breached only twice: in 1204 by the 4th crusade and then finally by the Ottomans in 1453 and then only with the aid of the innovation of cannon; - an amazing tribute to Roman engineering!
- the ...