Allstar Nil Boutique Hotel
Tavukcu Fethi Sok No 25, Osmanbey, Istanbul, 34380, Turkey
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Restaurants near Barcelo Topkapi Eresin Hotel
We will be staying at the Barcelo Topkapi Eresin Hotel in Istanbul for two days in May and would love recommendations for good restaurants nearby.
Re: Restaurants near Barcelo Topkapi Eresin Hotel
Ibrahim Kebapcisi on Gazi Mustafa Kemal Pasha Caddesi (from your hotel, walk towards the sea side) Adjecent to Mc Donalds.
Beyaz Saray Kebap, in front of Ibrahim Kebap.
Samanyolu Yemek Salonu, Mejistik Kebap, Mekke Kebap 4 blocks from your hotel towards sea side (walking distance) on the street along the Ant Hotel.
Travel Tips for Istanbul
Istanbul, Where Europe meets with Asia.. Just a small waterway passing in Istanbul is dividing the Europe and Asia. Up Left side on the picture is the european part and the down right side is the Asian side.. and the city is divided from the middle.. The sea Above is the Blaksea and below is the inland Marmara Sea...
Istanbul functions as a bridge from Europe to Asia, thus sometimes it has functioned as a barrier from Asia to Europe also.. The city stands between religion, culture, and imperial powers for almost 2,500 years..
Istanbul has an area of 5712 Km2, bigger than the Benelux countries and with a population of over 10.000.000, is one of the largest cities in the world.
The satellite picture is also to describe you some major points in Istanbul..
Several. One night a group of us went to a little Bosnian restaurant (4 tables). There was a guy playing something like an ud. Great food, very very intimate and fabulous. Sitting on a wall near Bogagaci University one night eating kababs and looking at the lights of the asian side of Istanbul and watching fireworks (hawyfishek). Taking the ferry up the bosphorus at sunset, finding many amazing little cafes, one of which was absolutely no tourists (except me, and my friends who were studying there) and very very local -- there was live music and the men were doing traditional dances. I was the only woman there for hours, but one of the people there made a point to tell my friends to translate for me that I was perfectly welcome.
Tavla - Backgammon
This is the game to play if you want to meet Turkish people. Just about all my friends enjoyed an evening of waterpipes and drinks, and marathon games of tavla (backgammon). Best places... Tophane (American Bazaar) and under the Galata Bridge.
This is a picture of some of my really good friends and colleagues.. Bora, Batuhan, and Elif.
Sehzade Complex (Külliye) was built for Prince Mehmet, the son of the Süleiman the Magnificient in 1549.
The mosque has an area of 38x38 meters with a central dome that was constructed on four big columns. The dome has a diameter of 19 meters and a depth of 53 meters. The central dome was supported by four half-domes. The mosque has two minarets with two sherefes (minaret balcony) each with ornamentation and decoration pretty far from the architectural simplicity of that period.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Istanbul on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 0' 52.52" N 28° 57' 21.34" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Sehzade Mosque .
TOMB OF SULTAN MEHMET THE CONQUEROR
When visiting the Fatih Mosque, make sure you don't miss having a look at the Tomb and cemetery. The Tombs of Fatih Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, his wife, and Sultan Mahmud II's mother, are here.
Mehmet II spoke seven languages (including Turkish, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Persian and Latin) when he was 21 years old.
Mehmet II WAS POISONED BY HIS DOCTORS!
Mehmet II's portrait was depicted on the reverse of the Turkish 1000 lira banknotes of 1986-1992
As well as the Tombs there is quite an interesting cemetery, with a large number of graves belonging to leading state officials. A lot of them are locked!
You can go inside and pay your respects at the Tomb, amongst the many Turkish people that were doing just that the day I visited.
Where: Fatih Mosque, Fevzi Pasa Caddesi
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