Golden Palace Hotel
Kucuk Ayasofya Mah. Aksakal Sokak. No:29, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
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Details of pillar - Sultanahmet Mosque
Close-up views through the window..
Outside the Egyptian Spice Bazaar
Rooftop terrace -- very agreeable!
I would like to know more about akbil as i'll arriving istanbul soon!
hope somebody can help me, here are my questions:
1: Where can i buy Akbil? Can i buy it in the Ataturk Airport? if yes, what's the place for buying it in the airport?
2: How much is the deposit of Akbil?
3: Where can i recharge it? Are there recharge mechines at any metro or tramway station?
4: When i leave istanbul, where can i get back the deposit? Can i do it in the airport?
5: How can i get back the remaining money inside the Akbil? Are there specific place for doing this? Also, can i do it in the airport?
Thanks very much!!
You can buy in most of the main stations, in white boxes written "akbil satisi".
I don't thing that it is available at the airport ; at the airport use tokens to take the subway.
Deposit is 6 TL.
Recharge machines are more and more but still not at any station ; and for that you will need banknotes.
In theory you can get the deposit back but nobody bothers for such a modest amount. For sure not at the airport.
You need Akbil only if you stay long time in the city ; for a short stay buy tokens.
i just got the following mail from a fellow tourist:
"Starting the 1st of June, Akbil system has raised its rates. Now each trip using Akbil will cost 1.50 TL and within 2 hours of the initial usage all transfers are half price, namely 0.75 TL. For example from Sultanahmet take the tram to Eminonu for 1.50 TL and a ferry to Kadikoy (Asian side) for 0.75 TL. In fact if you stay in Kadikoy only 1 hour, then the return ferry also costs 0.75 TL. The cost of a jeton (token) for public transportation is also 1.50 TL/trip with no transfer discount privileges."
You can buy and recharge akbils in the city for a deposit of 6 tl(refundable) don't know about the airport but i'm sure there must be a sale point near the entrance of train station there.You can get only the initial deposit back from any sale point_ if you keep the reciept with you.
No, they don't sale Akbil at the airport.
No Akbil sale at the havalamani metro station, but you can buy a token from there and whisk your way until Zeytinburnu and it's available at this metro/tram station and other stations after this.
for further info on akbil, visit:
Travel Tips for Istanbul
"Migros tan sonra
That's what I got as SMS when asked Mehmet for directions :)))
Mehmet, I don't know Turkish, how I would've explained to a taxi driver?! :)))
But we got to the place - nice fish restaurant on Bosphorus.... "not tha romantic place" as Mehmet said but I didn't need a romantic one at all :))))
After dinner friends of Mehmet decided to tell fortunes on coffie cups... as a host gesture Mehmet decided to tell fortune to me, but.... I drank tea... ;)) however it didn't stop my Istanbul friend, he told all my past looking inside tea cup!
You almost have to do this on a visit to Istanbul if you haven't done it before. I got an apple flavored tobacco that tasted really good. I'm not a smoker but I smoked it for over an hour and it was actually pretty smooth. You do get lightheaded if you do it too fast. I loved smoking this while drinking tea and listening to Turkish music.
Yep, that item is not so common there, so it might be helpful if you carry around your own supply.
Otherwise, you might end up in some restaurant/bar/public restroom (especially in non-tourist areas) without it.
The Fatih Camii
The Fatih Camii is one of the least visited mosques on the tourist circuit. It is also one of the holiest in Istanbul. You will see more worshippers here than in any of the other major mosques in the city. This is probably because of the location close to the most conservatively Muslim sections of Istanbul. For this reason, I kept my visit short and spent most of my time wandering around the perimeter. This was in fact a great opportunity to people watch as the mosque seems to attract alot of locals who socialize here as well as worship.
The mosque was originally built in 1470 by Mehmet the Conqueror. However the mosque that you see today was actually built in 1780 after the first mosque was totally destroyed by fire. The exterior still incorporates some of the fine decorations. The mosque is not one of the must-sees in Istanbul but if you have time to wander around by foot through the city like I did, then by all means take the place in if simply for the amazing atmosphere.
Many things can be bought at the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Market). Among other things Turkish Delight.
The "lokums" are soft and chewy with different flavours, sometimes filled with walnuts, almonds or pistachio.
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