Inside the Blue Mosque
Take a quiet walk inside the blue mosque and be sure to sit down on the carpeted floor. I think the interior is best appreciated from a humble, low position, the height at which one would be praying. Look upwards, trying to ignore the bustle of tourists and admire the beauty of the place.
TEA, yes I drank TEA
Yes I drank TEA, hard to believe, me an American who has not drank Tea since we threw all the English tea into the sea in Boston....^O^
But here in Turkey it is the national drink...yes TEA, not Coffee, even though the coffee is called "Turkish Coffee". The tea has no special name, just TEA. It is usually served in a small hourglass shaped glass with several cubes of sugar alongside. If you get served the tea in a procelin cup with handle it means they have spotted a tourist and it costs 3-4 times as much. Most of the places served for 1-1.5 Turkish Lira and on the ferry boat it was only 0.5...but in the "fancy" places we saw it for 5-6 and even 7...
When Will You Be Visiting Lovely Istanbul?
Between the couple of trips to Istanbul I have made, both were in different seasons, one in summer, and one during the winter. This made all of the difference in the world in regards to clothing! In the summer, it was warm enough to wear short sleeve shirts, even short pants, on most days. But during the winter, it was tremendously cold, it even snowed several days I was here. A thick jacket, long sleeve shirt, and jeans or pants were a must! So depending on the time of year you visit, adjust the wardrobe you bring accordingly.
2 constants that a visitor to Istanbul will want, regardless of the season - confortable walking shoes, and a good camera! I did so much walking here, even with my cushioned athletic shoes, my feet were still sore after each day. Worth every blister I got though! :) And if you have a digital camera, try to have a large-capacity media card or memory stick. So many photo opportunties here it will blow your mind! :)
This is a small village near Black Sea coast. This land is given to Polish people in 1842 by Ottoman Empire. They've been living here since this time. The history of the village is here:
Polonezkoy is a little bit far from Istanbul's city center. It is between forests and its nature is under the effect of Black Sea. This means it is always green, but in spring it's more than green. You can see many colors in April and May here, because wild flowers are all over the place. It is possible to stay here, too. There are many pensions and they serve great breakfast in the morning. In a busy city, Polonezkoy is like heaven. But in the weekends it turns into a hell.
If you try to go there after 11:00 am by your car in a sunny day, you'll stuck in a chaos of cars. If you want to see this beauty, I recommend you to do it when we all working in our offices.
You can find some local products, like wild berries, vegetables, chestnut, jams... They are expensive but recommendable. Also it is posible to ride horses here. You can do trekking, too.
One of the biggest shopping centres of Europe constructed in 1993. After two years, Akmerkez was selected as "The Best Shopping Center in Europe" by the International Council of Shopping Centers, ICSC. In the competition organized by this same council, Akmerkez received the " Best Shopping Center In The World" award in 1996.
Akmerkez has more than 200 different shops inside,(restaurants,cinemas,man/women cloth wear,sunglasses,famous branch examples from different countries) More or less everything that comes to your mind It all depends on you