Ottoman's Life Hotel
Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... had a sauna, then we got scrubbed an exfoliated, then washed with a foam bath, then massaged with honey and then washed down with water (all from a lady who spoke little to no English whilst naked in front of other people might I add!)
With our lovely soft clean skin we decided ...
... Istanbul from miles away; more tower blocks than you could count, literally hundreds of them - this is a city of over 13 million people and hey presto, as if on cue, we hit the traffic jam. The motorways and all roads off it were gridlocked as the whole of Istanbul tried to navigate its seemingly inadequate infrastructure. It was pretty novel for a motorway as cars, vans and even coaches shot past us down the hard shoulder followed by ...
... slow walk. It had been such a hot day that we all went straight to an inside bar and had cold water and then beer before heading back to our cabins for showers. We had intended on going back out into the frenzy for dinner but in the end took the easy and cooler option of our restaurant.
Back out on deck for the evening, to play cards and back gammon on a set Ros had brought. There were a lot more people on deck since there was something to see. An excellent day.
... the sea. Some are dedicated museums displaying ottoman artifacts from robes to thrones to swords. Other sections have period furnishings. Gardens a bit disappointing, which may have more to do with climate and season.
The Blue Mosque was named for the prolific use of blue tiles inside. It is still in use so you can only visit when it is not prayer time. Despite having a head ...
... caught the ferry across and then took the Tram up the hill to the Archaeological Museum. Wow. The museum was built by Orhan Harndi Bey starting in 1842 to prevent antiquities from disappearing into Europe. They are closely guarded as are all things historic in Turkey (nothing over 100 years old leaves the country) But we stayed a few hours and were amazed at one thing after another. The main part of the museum is Classical artifacts and sarcophagi from multiple ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility