Visiting the Galata Tower

Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
Trip End Mar 28, 2011

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Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Day 17 (late afternoon)

Temperature:   15 degrees
Weather:  cloudy periods                                  

We were now across the bridge and in another sector of Istanbul, a sector called Beyoglu.  From here, it wasn't very hard figuring out in which direction to go because all we had to do was look way up above the buildings in front of us and see the gigantic former watchtower, the Galata Tower, our destination point!.  So, up the steep hill we went!

Well, it was easier said than done, for me anyway!  You see, there were steps and steps and steps to climb and I simply got tired of climbing all of those hard cemented half broken steps in between the buildings.  Oufff. 

After a while of doing it, I was out of breath and exhausted whereas Michel, well, he was much faster than me and was already waiting at the very top of the hill.  I wondered what he ate this morning to have so much energy!  His only reply was that he was in much better shape than me!  Hahaha!

The Galata Tower was eventually reached where we immediately purchased two tickets to visit the inside of it.  There was already a lineup ahead of us so we waited patiently for a good fifteen minutes, after all I wasn’t in any hurry; I was now able to catch my breath!

Being recognized as one of the city’s most distinctive sights in Istanbul, this 205 feet high cylindrical structure was built in 1348.  Throughout the centuries, it survived several earthquakes and restored many times. 

From reading the brochure that was handed to us with our tickets, it said that in total, there were 11 floors in which a lift could bring us to a viewing balcony and restaurant way at the top.  Well, since I was so much in good shape, we elected to take the lift way up to the top floor.  Hahaha!

The panoramic views from the top of the tower were fabulous.  I could see far, far away the city of Istanbul as I slowly walked along the narrow balcony around the cylindrical tower.  A lot of people were here as well making it a slow process to advance.   Regardless, it was all worth the wait.

For our way down, well, I quote Michel saying again "since I was so much in good shape" he challenged me to take the circular stairs from this 11th floor all the way down to the first one.  Not one to refuse a good challenge, that’s exactly what I did.   Down the steps I went, round and around and around, it being much easier going down than up!  And no, I didn’t get dizzy!  However, we were the only crazy ones taking the stairs. 

Once on the ground floor, we left the area and took the same route as coming here.  The Galata Bridge was crossed over again which brought us back to the Spice Bazaar.  By now, it was close to 4:00pm and it was time for us to head back to our hotel!  We had some packing to do!

Monique   :-)
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