Istanbul is not Constantinople
Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
15Trip End Ongoing
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Well, regardless I slept only to wake up early to explore the city. I must say I really do love Istanbul. I worked my way from Karakoy( on the harbor where my hostel was) towards Taksim Square
Turkey fun facts I learned:
-Cats live like princes as they are scattered across the city
-The famous Trojan Warstook place in Western Turkey around the site where the Trojan horse rests today
-Julius Caesar proclaimed his celebrated words, "Veni, Vidi, Vici (I came, I saw, I conquered)" in Turkey when he defeated the Pontus, a formidable kingdom in the Black sea Region of Turkey
-Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents.
-The first church built by man (St.Peter's Church) is in Antioch (Antakrya), Turkey.
-The oldest known human settlement is in cataloholk, Turkey (7th Millenium B.C.)
-Alexander the Great cut the Gordian knot near Ankara.
-Turks introduced coffee to Europe
-Turks believe when you pass through rainbow you get a woman
-There are over 60 million people in Turkey
-Last stop of the Oriental train "king of trains and train for kings"
-Oldest Known human settlement, dating back to the 7 millennium B.C
-I learned more but forget to be honest
During my bus tour I met some wonderful europeans, hop off and walked around to see ALL of the mosques, ate 50 cent foot long doner kebabs, got lost an hour in the grand Bazaar, played with cats, drank turkish coffee and cay(tea), ate street food and ayran(spellings wrong but its this weird natural yogurt water drink) and what I thought was the coolest; participated in futbol riot- As I was doing a hop off on a certain section of the city I wandered into a tower to observe the city from the harbor and when I exited I walked out only to see 1000's of people screaming with swarms of police setting up infrastructure to control them. It was great, I joined in and started screaming what I thought they were screaming to I think what was the opposing team. We lit off flares and danced in the chilly winter weather while police pointed fire hoses and (not to hurt us) hit us with their shields and bats.
The next day I awoke to head of to Bursa to climb the Uludag mountains and see my Turkish friend, but unfortunately I missed my 7 am ferry and was stuck in Istanbul. Which was not a problem at all because I just got up and walked