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Day 2: Markets, Galata and more of Istanbul

Traveling in the low season, we carried the risk of bad weather. While our 1st day in Istanbul was nice and sunny, day 2 was forecasted cloudy for most of the part. We thought of using the time indoors at the 500 year old Grand Market.

The Grand Market
The Grand Market

Since we didn’t want to leave anything to the last day, we headed to the Galata Tower. At a 25TL entrance fee, it was a bit hyped (locals pays 5TL).

View from the Galata Tower
View from the Galata Tower

We picked up a grilled fish sandwich on the bridge below the Golden Horn – it was fresh no doubt. We didn’t want to spend on an expensive Bosphorus cruise, and found a cheaper option for 12TL for a 2 hour ride. Here are some shots Continue reading Day 2: Markets, Galata and more of Istanbul

Day 1: The old city around Sultanahmet, Istanbul

We landed at Istanbul SAW around midnight and were at our hotel in Yenikapi by 230a. After a good night’s sleep and a not so good breakfast (only to realize after a week that this was the best), we set out to explore Istanbul.

Hagia Sofia, Sultanahmet
Hagia Sofia, Sultanahmet

First up, we purchased a Turkcell SIM Card that cost us around 55TL and for another 10TL gave us 1GB data for a week. Data, together with the Trafi app, was a life saver when wandering the streets. We also topped up the Istanbulkart for discounted trips on public transport at 2.15TL per trip, irrespective of the distance. It works with bus, tram, metro, ferry & cable car .

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

Pictures taken at Topkapi Palace in Istanbul

We started in the Sultanahmet area covering the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and Topkapi Palace – all of which I highly recommend. We purchased the using the Museumkart at 85TL, but didn’t end up using it Continue reading Day 1: The old city around Sultanahmet, Istanbul

Turkish CIP Lounge, Istanbul

I started off this post with a picture marking my visit to this lounge at Istanbul. Later I realized it was unfair to reduce the grandness to a single photo, and to leave readers with a teaser. Here are some more pictures from this luxurious, magnanimous, state-of-the-art lounge.

Simit, sesame-coated Turkish pretzels
Simit, sesame-coated Turkish pretzels
Live kebab counter
Live kebab counter

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