Q Hotel Istanbul
Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... on criss crossing each way and we were given 35 minutes to shop and meet back at Gate 1! Would we find out way back and in time!! Remember, we were errant children earlier!! We did make it back and enjoyed a bit of bartering!
From there on it was onward to the Spice Market and a whirlwind 20 minutes look, again through throngs of people.
Next was a tour upriver in a cruise boat which was full of people and we were some of the last on board, so ...
... as they seemed to be over booked...I waited patiently...then out of the blue this old Pakistani man stood before me with two big bags full of baby clothes and a business briefcase..he was well dressed and looked kind..after standing for a while he decided to take the seat near me...he soon asked where I was from and if I knew english...and so our conversation began! He told me of how his wife was Turkish and he used to do a lot of business in ...
... it follows that the Sultans who led the Turks built mosques! Got there in the end!
When we came out of the mosque, we walked past a queue that wound right round the side of it. Intrigued, we followed it and it led to where we had gone in....boy, we were glad we had gone in an hour earlier, before all the tour groups arrived! Down both sides of the mosque are marble seats with taps where Muslims wash their hands, face and feet before ...
... mosque, Aya Sophia Church, Underground Cistern. The Blue mosque was my favorite by far. Very very beautiful. We walked to our restaurant near the Sultanahmet area which I believe was called "the blue room." It was a beautiful little spot with a rooftop terrace overlooking the ocean and the waterway between the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. We had a great ...
... and given a light massage. You feel great at the end, clean and fresh. Afterwards it was our last chance to try some roasted chestnuts, corn and Turkish ice-cream.
A few things we took away from Istanbul - we loved the place and the people, the Turkish delights had no words that can give it justice, fabrics and markets are outstanding and this is a country, a town that we defiantly will visit again!
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking