Istanbul Journals

Istanbul-the most fascinating city in the world

A travel journal to Istanbul by genghis1

Quote: Istanbul is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Although modern, easy to get around, and clean a visit to Istanbul is like a step back in time. One has only to look at Istanbul's sky line to envision a time of sultans, and slaves, warriors and intrigue.

Istanbul-the most fascinating city in the world

Overview

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Istanbul is a city which can keep you mezmerized for days, so plan to spend at least 3 to 4 days mimimum visiting the city. From the Blue Mosque to the Bazaars, from the casinos to the Topkapi Place one will always find something of interest to do in Istanbul.Quick Tips: Istanbul is a fairly modern city, and is not affected by the radical Islamic trend seen in other parts of the country but females should still keep in mind this is a Islamic country. Short shorts, and revealing tops will not really be appreciated, and will have to be hidden when visiting mosque and holy places. A pair of 'temple socks' is a good idea for visiting places where shoes have to be taken off. Pr...Read More
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If one wants to stay at the best and to feel like a sultan in the land of the sultans, this is the place to stay. It is the closest I have ever felt to being a 'queen' with my very own palace. From the outdoor swimming pool to the Hamam, to the cocktail area and to the terrace over looking the Bosphorus no expense has been spared.

Luxury does not come cheap, however, and don't expect to wander the halls in grubby jeans and a tee shirt.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 3, 2000

Ciragan Palace
Cragan Caddesi 84
Istanbul, Turkey
90-212-258-33-77

Crowne Plaza

Hotel | "Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza"

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This is a modern, clean, moderately priced hotel located in 10 acres of gardens, and within easy walking distance from shopping and a extensive variety of bars and bistros. It is centrally located though 10 km from the old city center. It features 298 guest rooms.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 3, 2000

Crowne Plaza
SAHILYOLU ATAKOY
Istanbul, Turkey
902125608100

Bosphorus Strait

Attraction | "Along the Bosphorus"

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If one has the time one should take a tour along the Bosphorus. It is the best way, and in some cases the only way to see the fantastic palaces and homes the past and current residents of Istanbul live in. A full length excursion can take up to six hours, but one of say two hours duration is significant for someone with a limited amount of time to get a feel and see some of the main sights.

The tour can be chilly depending upon the time of year so it pays to take a coat as well as a hat or scarf.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 3, 2000

Bosphorus Strait
Eminonu
Istanbul, Turkey

Topkapi Palace

Attraction

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Anyone who visits Istanbul and wants to get some idea about the glories of the past has to visit the Topkapi Palace. It is the former home of the sultans, and contains probably more treasures from the past than any other palace in the world. Some of the gifts given to the sultans by other countries as well as items they had made are displayed in the palace. Your first visit to the treasury will always remain in your mind; the wealth shown is mind boggling. We had a young lady with us who liked emeralds, and the treasury contains some of the largest uncut emeralds in the world. We almost had to pry her hands off the glass cases and lead her away by force. Word of caution - the guards get nervous about ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 3, 2000

Topkapi Palace
Sultanahmet Square
Istanbul, Turkey
90 212 5224422

Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)

Attraction | "Kapali Carsi-or Covered Bazaar"

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No visit to Istanbul would be complete without a visit to the Covered Bazaar. For the avid shopper this is a dream come true, 4,200 shops all under one roof. From gold to carpets, from leather to silk there is something for everyone to buy here.

And if your spouse doesn't like shopping but is into videos, take him along. The ceilings of the covered bazaar are well worth photographing. In fact, I had to constantly urge my husband to keep up with me he was pausing so frequently to take videos.

When finished here, take time to go over to the Misir Carsisi, or Spice Bazaar. It is interesting to just look and smell what is being sold.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 3, 2000

Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)
Kalpakcilarbasi Street
Istanbul, Turkey