Taking Cicero to Constantinople....The Views

Trip Start Apr 02, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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.
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