The next morning I had a look from our hotel room window..... beautiful view.... if only the weather had been a bit nicer, just a few sparks of sunshine....
I had been lucky to see Bosphorus in turquoise color brfore, I could imagine how it would look like in sunny weather from up there....
Vendors and shop owners
In Istanbul you will have the vendors on the street selling small carpets, and the utensils to make shish kabobs. They will approach you but if you are not interested DO NOT make eye contact and continue on your way, they will not follow you like the vendors did in Egypt. If you try to be nice and explain why you do not want to buy what they are selling you will have a 5 minute conversation which is really wasting both of your time. I know, it seems rude to ignore someone but I figure my time is not wasted nor is theirs and the vendor can move on to somebody else and hopefully make a sale.
As for the shop owners, upscale shops will let you look without a problem but the shops that sell souvenirs will come out and try to entice you in, kind of bothersome in my opinion because I really just wanted to look but that's how it is in Turkey.
Best Football team of Turkey
If you come to Istanbul and like football ,please do not forhet to visit Galatasaray football club.
The club building is in Galatasaray ( Turkeys oldest high school) in Beyoglu District.
Temple is (I mean stadium in Mecidiyekoy) Call ALI SAMI YEN founder of the club.
Galatasaray hold the UEFA CUP 2000 and SUPER CUP 2001 also 16 TURKISH LEAGUE WINNER CUP and TURKISH FA cup
Take a motor boat and sail...
Take a motor boat and sail along Bosphorus up to the Black sea (the last stop Anadolu Kavagi), a lot to see along the shores. Return ticket costs 3.000.000TL (don't be frightened by the amount, it's only $2).
Something for Most Everybody
The neighborhoods surrounding the bazaar are filled with stores and kiosks, but with very different ambience, cost, and clientele.
WEST - Images 1 and 2 - along the west side of the bazaar, we found extremely crowded narrow streets lined by kiosks and fold-up small stores with huge piles of clothing, souvenirs, and lesser amounts of other items. These places were astoundingly cheap, especially for knockoffs of designer clothing. Ralph Lauren Polo dress shirts were obviously the not the original - for one thing, they had pockets and the logo was gigantic, with original pricing about 13-15 YTL but open to bargaining especially if more than one was bought. The souvenir stores had everything from commemorative plates to pipes to istanbul trinkets. There were a high proportion of Turkish speaking people in this area. We regret not having bought more of those shirts which have held up very well. Exit the Grand Bazaar through the soutwest corner at the Hacihusnu or Fesciler gates.
EAST - Images 3 and 4 - an upscale shopping area with more sophisticated stores and ambience set along the tree shaded pedestrianized Nuruosmanye Street with benches, open air cafes, and venues for the purchase of leather goods, carpets and kilims, and jewellry. A delightful walk among the more prosperous clientele, more international in origin. Do note that these stores suggest that they are cheaper than stores inside the bazaar -- BUT -- cruise ships publish list of recommended stores none of which are in the bazaar. Most are along this street and all become recommended simply by paying the cruise lines to be listed. Cheaper maybe, but not cheap. Their generous offer of delivery to the cruise ship or hotel is no big deal because for larger purchases anybody inside the bazaar will offer to do the same. These stores did offer some very nice looking merchandise. Exit the Nur- u Osmaniye gate.
SOUTH - Image 5 - between the tram and the bazaar are narrow streets with stores of distinctly lower quality and ambience, generally empty. A quick look in these outlets showed little of interest for most shoppers and we just walked on by.