Thursday, June 7, 2012


With over 13 million people, Istanbul is Turkey's largest city.  It stradles two continents, Europe and Asia, split by the Bosphorus Strait.  I stayed in Sultanahment, the old town section of Istanbul.  That's where the Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Archeological Museum, Basilica Cistern and the Spice Market are located.  If you can afford it, stay at the AND Hotel, centrally located and very nice!

AND Hotel, my room was at the top right corner.

Street scene in Sultanahmet.

Park and people in front of Blue Mosque.

A mix of old (background) and new (sign).

Aya Sophia.

City tour bus.

City Trams, a cheap way to get around Istanbul.

View of Istanbul from my hotel balcony.

Rumeli Hisan, a fort along the Bosphorus.

Flower market.

Fruit & veggie market.

Six minarets of the Blue mosque.

McDonald's in Turkey. 

City Ferries, the best way to see Istanbul.
Cheap and it's much cooler on the water.

A container ship navigating the Bosphorus.

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