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Category: Istanbul – Turkey

November 5, 2007

Vegetarian Delight – Istanbul

Filed under: Istanbul - Turkey - 05 Nov 2007

If you happen to be a vegetarian or fishertarian as we are, then dining in Turkey is not a problem.  Many of the Turkish dishes are based on aubergine, zucchini, tomatoes or peppers, usually stuffed with rice …

November 4, 2007

Turkish Delight – Istanbul

Filed under: Istanbul - Turkey - 04 Nov 2007

If ever you need convincing that the Turkish like their sweets, a visit to the Egyptian Spice Market will do the job.  Here you’ll …

November 3, 2007

Shopping for Turkish Carpets – Istanbul

Filed under: Istanbul - Turkey - 03 Nov 2007

A visit to a Turkish carpet centre is unavoidable on any organized tour to Turkey.  We’ve been to a few carpet centres in the past, but nevertheless, we still find the experience …

October 21, 2007

The Pudding Shop – Istanbul

Filed under: Istanbul - Turkey - 21 Oct 2007

Just opposite from the Blue Mosque is the famous Pudding Shop, also known as the Lale Restaurant.  Two brothers, Idris and Namik Colpan, opened the Lale Pastahanesi in 1957.  The Pudding Shop …

October 19, 2007

Egyptian Spice Market – Istanbul

Filed under: Istanbul - Turkey,Things to See in Istanbul - 19 Oct 2007

The Egyptian Spice market is the oldest bazaar in Istanbul.  After the Grand Bazaar, the Egyptian Spice Market is the second largest covered market.  It was named Mısır Çarşısı or Egyptian Bazaar because …

October 12, 2007

Istanbul City Sightseeing

Filed under: Istanbul - Turkey - 12 Oct 2007

DAY 3 – Our morning visit was to the Hagia Sophia, noted to be the most magnificent of the Byzantine churches.  Had a great time here checking out the mosaics depicting various religious scenes.  The original mosaics had been destroyed during …

Istanbul City Sightseeing overview

Filed under: Istanbul - Turkey - 12 Oct 2007

DAY 2 – Istanbul is a fascinating city that owns the distinction of being the only city in the world that spans two continents, Europe and Asia. It’s distinguished history as capital to three empires, the Roman, Byzantine …

October 10, 2007

Arriving in Instanbul

Filed under: Istanbul - Turkey - 10 Oct 2007

DAY 1 – Our journey this morning began at 4 a.m. when we had to make our way to Leeds-Bradford airport and then to London, Frankfurt and finally arriving in Istanbul at 5.30 p.m.  Arrival procedures included having to …