The view from Pierre Loti Cafe
The view from Pierre Loti Cafe might be must see activity as well but I think it is not usually included in the standard Istanbul tours. This was the reason why I put it here. The reason for my hesitation was that the view was fantastic even though it was gloomy that day.
I tried to imagine what I would actually see if there was no rain, no for and the water was not that muddy and brownish because of the rains falling the previous days.
What I saw in my mind was an amazingly beautiful view which makes me think that I would love to go back there some day and enjoy a cup of tea sitting on the terrace of Pierre Loti Cafe and looking to the blue waters of the Golden Horn.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Istanbul From 200m. by Balloon
When you visit Istanbul, you can watch Istanbul up above 200 meters in a Balloon. Turk Balloon is the project name and Kadikoy Municipality is arranging this activity. A huge balloon which can carry up to 30 people at one time is rising up 200 meters above the sea level. The balloon moves only up and down.
The Balloon is taking off near from the Sea bus port at Kadikoy, The Port on the Asian Side. If you take a ferry from Eminonu to Kadikoy, it will take you to Kadikoy ferry port in 25 minutes.. There you need to walk around 150 meters to the Sea bus port to the right side.. and the base for the Balloon is there.. Due to the size of the Balloon you can see it easily :)
The price of the Balloon ride is 15TL. Roughly 10,- USD. The balloon is operating from 09:00 to 18:00, however it is being affected from weather conditions. So windy and rainy days they do not operate.
At the top point i felt little different but my 5 years old daughter Lidya encouraged me with her big smile :) View is great anyway...
These historical boats were used for more than just commuting, having been among the most popular and elaborate entertainment forms of the Ottoman Empire.
The Sultan's boats that carried the ruler of the empire, the Sultan, was the only person who could own the largest boat (30 meters x 2.5 meters) and have the greatest number of oarsmen (26). Only he was allowed to travel around the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus on this spectacular boat specifically designed and decorated to show his imperial wealth, power and prestige.
The Sultan's outings on this boat were a spectacular event. As the Sultan embarked, canons would be fired from the ships at the port and the maiden's tower as a procession of smaller boats lead the way. People gathered along the seaside would bow down as the Sultan passed.
Now you can do tours on these boats.
Palace excursion...........Not available Mondays or Thursdays
Bosphorus tour (departs Dolmabahce Palace) 19:30 during the week
13:30 & 19:30 on the weekend.
Golden Horn Tour(departs Eyup)18:30 during the week 13:30 & 18:30 on the weekend
For more details...............
There are a few different routes.Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
Positive Nationalism :P
This is a new term appeared after a TV advertisement for a new brand of cola in Turkey: "Cola Turka". It appeared after the Iraqi war. Since there was a big reaction to American brands, some "clever" Turkish men (From Ulker - know to be islamist in the society however they call themselves conservatives) came out with this idea. The theme of the advertisement is Cola Turka is being sold in US and all the Americans who drink this cola start to act like Turkish. Man kissing each other, having mustache etc. Turks are imposing their culture to Americans by this Cola Turka. Anyway... During an interview with this advertisement's director and pr responsible, they said that they did not want to make nationalism, however this could be named "Positive Nationalism." What do you think? Can nationalism be positive or negative?
Greek and Turkish Kinship
I am sure that we long for our Greek community in Turkey..
Imagine that after the dramatic 1920 war ,2 million Greeks in Turkey and 1 million Turks in Greece were forced to exchange their homes and migrated from their homeland..
My father tells me that until 1950 at least 1 people out of 10 was Greek in Istanbul and they were great people..Now only a few thousand left..So sad..
I encourage Greek people to visit here more and even move back to their homes.
- Historical Travel
TOMB OF SULTAN MEHMET THE CONQUEROR
When visiting the Fatih Mosque, make sure you don't miss having a look at the Tomb and cemetery. The Tombs of Fatih Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, his wife, and Sultan Mahmud II's mother, are here.
Mehmet II spoke seven languages (including Turkish, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Persian and Latin) when he was 21 years old.
Mehmet II WAS POISONED BY HIS DOCTORS!
Mehmet II's portrait was depicted on the reverse of the Turkish 1000 lira banknotes of 1986-1992
As well as the Tombs there is quite an interesting cemetery, with a large number of graves belonging to leading state officials. A lot of them are locked!
You can go inside and pay your respects at the Tomb, amongst the many Turkish people that were doing just that the day I visited.
Where: Fatih Mosque, Fevzi Pasa CaddesiRelated to:
- Religious Travel
SALE PAVILION @ YILDIZ PALACE
Yildiz Palace, meaning Star palace, built in 1880, is the second biggest palace in Istanbul, was used by the Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II. In the late 19th century, Sultan Abdulhamid II left Dolmabahce because he feared a seaside attack on the palace, so he expanded the Yildiz Palace.
The sultan’s residence was in the Sale pavilion. The building has two floors and a basement and was constructed in three phases.
The first part was built in the 1870s and was designed to resemble a Swiss chalet, hence the name Sale. Sir Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle were among the visitors to this part of the palace.
The second section was added in 1889 to accommodate Kaiser Wilhelm II, who was the first foreign monarch to visit Istanbul. It was during this phase that the Mother-of-Pearl Salon was added. The name derives from the extensive use of mother-of-pearl that covered almost all of its surfaces. There are also detailed painted landscapes on the ceiling.
The third section was also built for Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1898. The reception chamber was built during this period and remains the most impressive room in the entire Sale Pavilion. There is a single carpet on the floor that has an area greater than 400 square meters and was hand woven by 60 weavers. Elegant features of the chamber include a gilded, coffered ceiling and large mirrors. Abdulhamid II was a skilled carpenter and actually made some of the pieces of furniture that can be found in the Sale Pavilion.
This is another beautiful Palace well worth visiting.
The day I was here was a free admission day.
ADMISSION IN 2009 was 6 t/l Camera fee 15t/l
OPEN DAILY 9.30 - 4PM CLOSED MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS.
ENTRY through Yildiz Park - Barbaros Bulvari, Cirigan Caddesi, Palanga Caddesi Besiktas districtRelated to:
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
Yes to Yesilkoy
If you're a looking for a place to kill time during transit that does not involve maxing out credit cards on duty free shopping, Yesilkoy seems the perfect location. It's right next door to Ataturk International Airport, and offers a slice of real Istanbul - the more affluent side that is. This quaint seaside village is characterized by lowrise colorful, homes, inviting roadside cafes and a fairly scenic beach and marina complex where affluent Istanbullus take their dogs for an early morning run.
If you have 3-4 hours to spare between flights, take a cab (costs about 10 lira one way) to Yesilkoy (less than 10 minutes), enjoy a slice of delicate borek and a strong cup of coffee at one of the borek shops on the main road, stroll down to the beach to enjoy the fresh sea breeze before you get back to the airport for your next flight. There are plenty of taxis waiting along the main road to take you back to the airport.
Yesilkoy is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered for travellers tired of touristy Istanbul. I wouldn't have discovered this nice little slice of real Istanbul if it were not for the excellent suggestion of my arkadas (friend) Ozan (neodue) in one of the VT forums. Thanks, Ozan!Related to:
3D IMAGES OF THE HISTORICAL PLACES OF ISTANBUL
Before to coming to see Istanbul you can get and Idea about Isatnbul's most Important historical places and you can compare it with images of in your mind
Tea at the Pera
Even if you cannot afford a night here, it's worth the visit to this fabulous old style hotel. It has a cafeteria with a separate entrance, a bit expensive (3 euros for a tea) but nice and stylish.
After the tea you can have a tour around the hotel, don't be shy! They even have a souvenir shop, selling old posters, 30s watches...
Address: Mesrutiyet cad 98-100, Beyoglu (near Istiklal Cad)Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
- Castles and Palaces
Just as the Greeks in Constantinople used a heavy chain to seal up the Golden Horn against invaders and unwanted Genoese or Venetians, so Mehmet used a heavy chain to seal up the Bosporus, usually against those same Italians (to prevent their trading or succouring the city). The chains were linked from one of the keeps pictured here and anchored across the Bosporus to a keep on the less impressive Rumeli Kavagi, the Castle of Asia.Related to:
- Family Travel
In the Shadow of Islam
A walk up the Golden Horn, once you pass Suleimaniye on the Third Hill, is perhaps more revealing of Turkish life than any other comparable walk in the city. Away from the Galata Bridge, the inland bay is filled with dry-docks for Turkish military vessels, and whatever might left of the sea walls has been claimed as living quarters by impoverished immigrants. Toward the western limit, there stands this Bulgarian Church, erected here once its prefabricated frame arrived from its cruise down the Danube.Related to:
- Religious Travel
- Family Travel
Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu in a Delicatessen
I was returning to my home, Kadikoy from Karakoy. It was a much known path that I walked million times. There is a delicatessen in the spot (we have the same name with this delicatessen), and I remember it was there since I was a little child.
So, when I was walking, I noticed the wall with mosaic in the delicatessen. I approached the window to see it better. The shop was closed so I couldn’t see it closer. I took some photos because it is a wall mosaic of a famous artist, Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu.
He was a famous painter and a poet. He was born in 1913 and died in 1975. This mosaic is called Kagni. Kagni means a cart which pulled by bulls. You can see it in photos.
You can see some of paintings of Bedri Rahmi in this page:
His poems are very famous, especially Karadut. Here is a small poem of him:
Had to share it" )Related to:
- Arts and Culture
Yuvacik dam and Serindere valley.
Like the black sea region but is only 2 hours from Istanbul.Great for picnics and guaranteed peace and nature.Fresh river fish restaurants tucked away in odd places.Rhododendron everywhere,plus other wild flowers and animals, even tortoises.Great views.
Around an hour to the west of Istanbul is Izmit,take the turn off for Izmit otogar/Yalova.From the turnpike take 1st left signed,Yalova,keep going heading D130.Keep going and you will eventually see a Yuvacik sign.Head towards town but at the 1st roundabout turn right and keep going up,this takes you around the west of the town, follow signs Yuvacik Baraji.As you reach the Dam turn left and cross the dam and turn right,signed Camiduzu.Keep on when you reach Cataldere sign turn right side of it.From now on stop anywhere you fancy.We carried on through Camiduzu,turned for Serindere.4km up track is a Yellow Mosque,3km to Serindere to the right.Picnic area beside the river before you go up into Serindere village.It had been dry so we were able to hike along and through the river downstream for quite a way.Related to:
- Food and Dining
- Hiking and Walking
Silivri is a popular vacation area about 65km from Istanbul..It offers sports,health and fittness facilities.
One of the largest golf clubs,with 18 hole, 73 par, 6200 meters.
How to go : There is buses running plus regular sea bus service connects Istanbul and Silivri.Related to:
- Spa and Resort
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