Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... cypress trees and crystal blue water. I am sad we don't have time to explore this magical place; we will definitely come back sometime. At the airport, it is apparent that Istanbul is at the crossroads of Europe and Asia- fellow travelers are a mix from the Middle East, India, Europe and Africa. We would love to stay, but we're on our way to ...
... adorned the walls – all perfectly split and matched up.
There weren’t many tourists there and those who were there were generally with tour guides…it’s a place I would not have found by myself and you definitely need a taxi to take you there.
Pierre Lotti Hill
Our next port of call was Pierre Lotti Hill with gorgeous views over the Golden Horn. Apparently Pierre Lotti was a Frenchman who married a local woman ...
... from a number of competing small mosques around us where we lived in Doha. We saw the massive and elaborately decorated mosque built in Casablanca at direct cost to people who could little afford it. But just like Christian churches, each country, and even areas within a country have often a distinct style of church or mosque building. And so it is ...
... followed.Finally, she alternated pouring hot and cold water over me and with that, my first Turkish bath was done! Both Chris and I felt as clean as we never had before, but we discovered that our massage experiences were slightly different. While my massage was quite gentle and relaxing, Chris got "pummeled" by his kese. Poor guy was sore for two days after!
But we were not done experiencing the culture of Turkey! Before dinner, we had reservations ...
... Sultan died of natural causes and the younger brother then became sultan in any case.
When we returned to the boat they gave us morning tea, drinks and plate of cakes which was nice. Then the final stop was the Rumin Fortress. This was all built in just 4 months in the 15th century by the Ottoman sultan Mehmed III before he conquered Constantinople and was successfully used to stop reinforcements coming from Europe particularly ...
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
- Pets allowed