Trip Start Apr 19, 2010
46Trip End Jun 06, 2010
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The cruise lasts about one and half hours each direction and makes six stops on both the European and Asian sides. It ends up in a small fishing village, Anadolu Kavagi, where it stops for 3 hours or so before the return journey
We passed ocean liners docked in Istanbul, luxury hotels, sultans' summer palaces and massive bridges. One of the bridges once enjoyed the record for the longest suspension span in the world but lost that honour falling to 15th longest at 1090 metres.
All the good we did spending about 7 hours resting our tired feet, was soon lost when we decided to check out Istanbul's New District. The new district is a large pedestrian only shopping street that is about two kilometres in length and has about a million people walking down the street. It is full of modern stores and, yes, Starbucks, and yes, I did stop for one. The main street has many more streets or alleyways running off it that are full of restaurants, bars and shops
We first left the cruise boat and walked over a bridge to try and find a funicular that runs up the hill to the new district. It apparently was the second underground passenger train (after the London Tube) was built. It had no roof and used oil lanterns for lights, apparently it was not an immediate success! It started out moving goods up the hill but eventually people being people saw a way to avoid the exercise and soon adopted the method of travel. The other end of the street there is another funicular but we couldn't find it. We couldn't get decent directions so we gave up and walked our now less than rested feet all the way back down the street to the funicular we knew. Down we went to catch the tram back to the hotels and to continue my beer research.