Hush Hostel & Gallery Istanbul

Caferaga Mh. Miralay Nazim Sk. 20, Istanbul, 34710, Turkey

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Forum Posts

Grand Bazaar

by lisamarks

I am looking for some or any vendors that were selling women's embroidered boots in the Grand Bazaar. My sister saw mine and liked them. I want to get her a pair for Christmas. They are colorful and just below the knee. I would be happy to have a phone number or address. Thanks!

Re: Grand Bazaar

by Jawnuta

Re: Grand Bazaar

by June.b

If you're traveling to Istanbul, juz go to the grand bazaar and you'll find it there in several shops, I think I saw about 2 or 3 shops selling those colourful boots, coincidetally I was juz updating my shopping tip and I posted a photo of it here and other tips:

Travel Tips for Istanbul

Suleymaniye Mosque.

by eladr

Suleymaniye Mosque.
The Suleymaniye Mosque is the largest mosque in Istanbul and was built between 1550-1557 AD by Sultan Suleyman I - 'Sulyman the Magnificent'. Suleyman was the richest and most powerful Sultan of the Ottoman empire.
This Sultan is remembered by the Turks as the one who introduced laws and not by his magnificent title.
He undertook much construction, rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem (which was part of the Ottoman Empire 1516), and a lot of monuments throughout his empire.
Inside the mosque you will be impressed by its size and also simplicity: tiles from Iznik and colored glass-work brings harmony to a place of prayer and silence.
Four massive solid columns support the mosque: one from Baalbek, another from Alexandria and two from old Byzantine Palaces.
The paintings inside the mosque are dated from the 19th century and were recently renovated.

In the picture you can see it in sunset(picture i took myself without any computer improvment!)

Post Cards

by Geoff_Wright

Istanbul is an incredible city, and you will want to send your friends lots of post cards. I sent in excess of 40 to my VT friends all over the World, including Europe, Singapore, Australia and NZ, Brazil, the UK and of course the United States.

The first card arrived in Amsterdam within about one week. Others arrived in a haphazard fashion in other locations. The first to arrive in the United States was on the West Coast, taking about two weeks. At least three arrived in the US on Christmas Eve - three weeks after posting, but, so far, the prize is with Marianna (Lalique) who lives in Moscow. She received her card on Christmas Day!

I have added this so that if you visit Turkey and send cards, you can advise friends and relatives that it could take a little time for them to arrive!!
And here is a link to a great page about Istanbul, sent to me by Mehmet on 30 Oct 2002 :

Turkish people are generally...

by zeynep

Turkish people are generally too kind..especially if you are a foreigner, i dont know why, but you can easily have friends in istanbul ;)
In some restaurants you dont have to tip, but it would be fine anyway ;)
One more thing.. if you get lost or have to ask someone something choose especially young people or let me say age group 20-30, the range of people know english or other languages is not very high.

Sultan for a Day

by Heniko

At the Karvansaray Hotel and resturant, the offer this unique feature.They call it the Sultan Photo. In Order To Say:"Once upon a time I was a Sultan or Sultanas in my life" a way an Unforgettable memory, they take your Sultan or Sultanas photos very easily and quickly. You wear those traditional customs, moustache and beard. And your phote is ready. Everything takes only 2 minutes. Price:15 Euro I remember correctly. Something really tacky and touristy yet...I have to admit I liked it...

Shopping tips for bellydancers

by meissoun about Costume dealers, accessories

Istanbul is a shopping paradise in general - but especially for Oryantal dancers (bellydancers).

You can buy anything from a cheap "souvenir" type costume to drop dead gorgeous, professional costumes.

Since I have collected a LOT of information and addresses, please visit my website for a full account:

You will also find tips for visiting dance shows, going to a hamam and general shopping Dancers can buy everything they need to look good on stage or in dance class: full costumes, bra+belt sets, hip scarves, accessories, sequins, rhinestones... A full costume will cost anything between $ 200 and 1500 according to the quality and producer.


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