Yusuf Pasa Konagi Hotel
One of the nice places to stay
5 minutes to Bluemosque,in the heart of oldcity.
Cankurtaran Cad. No:40
Sultanahmet Ýstanbul - TURKEY
Tel: + 90 (212) 458 00 01 Pbx
Fax: + 90 (212) 458 00 09
"Dilkes Restaurant "with a panoramic view of Marmara sea,live music and a nice dinner,at the terrace of the hotel.
Istanbul is a city on Two continents, so if you have never been before. You have the chance to visit Asia..
Asian side of Istanbul has nothing touristy. But still has its own values... While European part is the commercial center, Asian side is the residential centerwith nicer environment and houses..
When you take a ferry from Eminonu to Kadikoy. (Ferries leave in every 15-20 minutes) .. You will see Kadikoy port after 25 minutes.. The teater and the port will be the first sides you can catch... Just step out and now you are in Asia.. Sorry no welcome sign..
Once you are in Kadikoy, Walk to the right to the old port and when you are there turn yr back to the sea and walk to the front.. You will see the narrow streets of Kadikoy, you can walk along to the Kadikoy market, a nice and cosy place.. You will see small roads with many nice shops.. Walk to left and right and up and down.. You will like to be in Asia.. If you manage to reach Altiyol square, look for the "Sanatcilar sokagi" where many nice handmade things, nice silver wears are being sold..
Now there is an old historical tram that runs between Kadýkoy and Moda.. It is the second nostalgic tram after the one at Taksim Istiklal street..
Istanbul - "THE" City For History Buffs!
There are many cities around the world that have long & rich histories. When we think of these historic cities, the first places that come to mind are of course Rome and Athens. Many cities in China, India, even Africa have histories that date back many millennia. But I challenge anyone to find a city in the world that has a history that not only dates back as far, but also has as diverse a history that Istanbul has had! It is quite amazing to think that the modern city Istanbul, one of the world's largest with well over 10 million people, just 800 years ago was a city that had a completely different culture, different language, and a different people, yet was, as it is now, one of the world's largest cities!
It was back in the 7th century B.C. when this area along the Bosphorus was first colonized by the Greeks, and named Byzantium after the legendary king Byzas. Centuries later in AD 330, the Emperor Constantine made the city the new capital of the Roman empire. The city thrived under the Romans, and later the Byzantines, becoming a metropolis of 1 million people at it's height. Then, after its conquest by Mehmet II and the Turks in 1453, it still remained a capital city, becoming the center of the Ottoman empire for over 500 years.
For myself, an avid history buff, this incredibly varied past intrigues me to no end. I had studied much about the history of Istanbul before my first trip here, but there is absolutely no comparison in reading information about the Byzantines in a book for instance, and standing in in the middle of Sultanahmet square with Ayasofya right in front of you! If it is history you crave, and an astonishing history at that, Istanbul is where you need to visit!
Visit "Rumeli Feneri"
Rumeli Feneri, where Bosphorus meets Black See. It is a small town whose small restourants is famous for its fresh and delicios fish meals. since going there by car takes to much time because of country roads, I strongly recommend to take the public transport boats ("vapur") from Kadiköy or Besiktas
Cemil Molla Kurusu
Best views at the Bosphorus Bridge and the straight itself you will find from the viewing platform Cemil Molla Kurusu.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Istanbul on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 2' 12.41" N 29° 2' 21.94" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Istanbul from the viewing platform.