Church

767u – Hagia Eirene

1 Oct , 2016  

Haghia Eirene, Istanbul

Saturday 1st October is yet another intensely blue, sunny day. After a final lovely breakfast and packing Paul sees if he can get his hair cut (no place nearby found in the end) while I go for a final wander to look at the Fountain of Ahmet the third outside the Imperial gate and through […]

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Museum

767t – Archaeological Museum, Istanbul

30 Sep , 2016  

Archaeological Museum, Istanbul

Located in the first courtyard is a collection of three museums, but we only explore the main museum of archaeological finds in a building totally being restored (the Neoclassical facade is all under cover and mush of the ground floor is out of bounds, a bit of a disappointment as this impacts the classical items, […]

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Other historic building

767s – Topkapi Palace and Harem

30 Sep , 2016  

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

Friday 30th September is the sunniest during our stay in Istanbul, totally blue all day. We enjoy a good breakfast in the garden courtyard where we are joined by the ginger house cat again. We then walk the short distance to the Topkapi Palace complex entering via the Imperial gate into the first courtyard, along […]

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Other historic building

767r – Suleymaniye Hamam

29 Sep , 2016  

Istanbul at night

An historic hamam (Turkish bath) built as part of the Suleymaniye complex during the 1550s. It cost 40€ each (pay for one in TLs) but well worth the 90 minute experience. As a mixed hamam we are taken to a changing room in the main hall that we both use. After changing into the clothes […]

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Boat trip

767q – Bosphorus cruise

29 Sep , 2016  

Bosphorus Cruise

We make our way to the Eminonu ferry terminal by the Galata bridge to catch the 11.00am ferry operated by Turyol (12TL each) for a 90 minute cruise up the Bosphorus. We sit on the upper deck at the front with the European side on our left as we travel up to the Fatin Sultan […]

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Mosque

767p – Blue Mosque

29 Sep , 2016  

Sultan Ahmet Camii, Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Thursday 29th is a slower start (Paul suffering from a cold). We enjoy a super breakfast outside in the courtyard garden where we are joined by one of the hotel cats. The Sultan Ahmet Camii is also known as the Blue Mosque due to the predominant colour of the decoration and is a short walk from […]

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Mosque

767o – Suleymaniye Mosque

28 Sep , 2016  

Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul

We make our way to this super mosque, a very spiritual place built in the mid 16th century and commissioned by Suleyman the Magnificent. The complex was designed by Suleyman’s Imperial architect Sinan. It is a soaring space, airy, but calming and very moving. Chat to one of the mosque volunteers and ask him questions […]

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Other historic building

767n – Basilica Cistern

28 Sep , 2016  

Basilica Cistern

The one place we do have to pay an entrance fee (20TL each for overseas tourists) as it was restored by the city council in the 1980s. It is well worth it and again, we enjoy the place with hardly any other tourists. The 200+ columns are lit atmospherically and there are carp in the […]

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Museum

767m – Hagia Sophia

28 Sep , 2016  

Istanbul

Wednesday 28th is a sunny day with some cloud and a light breeze, around 25 c, something of an English summer day feel about it. Breakfast is self service and excellent. We head to the Hagia Sophia, a few minutes walk away, and just after it opens. It is very quiet. We use our Turkey […]

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Museum

767l – Great Palace Mosaic Museum

27 Sep , 2016  

Mosaic Museum, Istanbul

Tuesday 27th September is a travelling day, leaving the hotel at 7.30am to drive back to Antalya airport. As there are no problems on the roads this early we end up with a few hours to kill at the airport (eat breakfast in a pub). The 11.30am Pegasus flight  gets us into Istanbul’s Gokcen airport at […]

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