So much to see. Disappointed Palace was closed Tuesday
Didn’t actually DO nightlife
I used to love Beyolu street eating and atmosphere? What happened??
Many historical sites, the great Byzantine past of the city, the good organized way for visiting them, excellent transportation means – if you know how to use them. Taxi not expencive. Food, go where you see Turkish people eating…People mostly polite and helpful.
In turistic sections as Capali Carsi or others, the noisy way of the comerciants to find customers…The different kind of tickets for the transportation means. Get the "Akbil" from the begining…
An excellent place for a city break. So much to see and do during the day, all within easy reach of the hotel in the Historic area. Great Metro system for getting around, such as when we went to the Sapphire Observation Tower but most sights are within walking distance, including the Bosphorus sea trip. Plenty of choice for restaurants in the evening. Felt safe at all times at night. Very, very clean streets, we ended up trying to spot a piece of litter! Being January, it was very quiet when visiting the Mosques and Palaces, which was a plus point.
Out of season we found the staff of restaurants very pushy, trying to get us in to eat in their premises. However, people all very friendly and helpful and food good. We made a mistake by not realising how cold Istanbul was in January! Best check the average temperaturesfor winter city break.
Seated on both banks of the Bosphorus, Istanbul is where the east meets the west in an enormous and vibrant melting pot. As the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, and then the Latin and Ottoman Empires it has always been a centre of trade and commerce, and the remarkable wealth that this has brought is reflected in the architecture of the city, with buildings like the Hagia Sophia known around the world by their silhouette alone.
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