Taking Cicero to Constantinople....The Views
Apr 02, 2008
The views in Istanbul, with its seven hills, can be stunning, particularly at sunset when the mullahs call evening prayers. From the Pierre Lotti café / mirador there is an almost unparalleled view of European Istanbul, peaked by the Topkapi Palace and mosques either side of the river - one for each of the seven hills. Additionally a walk along the Galata Bridge at sunset should be enjoyed, as the fishermen continue to sling their lines and fish silver slithery fishys until beyond dark. We took a beer and sat in the middle of the Bosporus to enjoy the atmosphere (though there were plenty of bars below the road above), and we would recommend a 'ship kebab' from the banks, where steaming boats rock violently as uniformed, gold-tassled waiters and cooks scurry and shout to cook you their version of the national dish.