Our trip was coming to an end. After Karasu, we had visit only the city of Istanbul (Istambul), from where it was supposed our departure will take place. We got to it as standard, on the bus. And we had only one day to visit the former Of Constantinople.
Istanbul city has left much more pleasant impressions than Ankara. It has a great cultural heritage. connects various religions, Europe and Asia. And if to be fair, it is Istanbul – the capital of Turkey, not Ankara. I Now I understand those people who come to Istanbul for the weekend. This is a really good option for self travels.
Where to stay in Istanbul
Prearranged hotels where you can spend the night, share with you. Yeni Hotel and Subrosa Hotel Istanbul. Reviews are good, located also convenient in terms of tourist facilities, in general, you can safely to book.
Walking around Istanbul
Before the trip, I thought how would we navigate in such a large the city. But it turned out that the map of Istanbul is quite enough for of this. Especially because the main attractions were present Istanbul on the map, as well as metro lines were applied. So if go there, be sure to get one, and then you will independent of paid tours in Istanbul.
First of all, we went to Ataturk Airport to hand over things, to walk light. The price was not very pleasant -15lir (300r) for a suitcase and 20 lire (400 rubles) for big luggage. We thought a little and us a thought came that would hardly have occurred to an European – connect two backpacks together and give them for one big baggage. Chip rolled. Use!
Near Ataturk Airport. Istanbul.
By the way, at the airport we were very surprised by the guy accepting baggage, speaking 5-6 languages, including Russian. So strange there where, in theory, should people sit with the knowledge of the language, sit those who only speaks native and vice versa.
After the airport we took the metro to the tourist center. Well more precisely almost to it, as a transfer from branch to branch in Istanbul paid The benefit of time was enough, and there was a desire to take a walk. Besides Istanbul metro, there are metrobus. These are buses, with dedicated lane and frequent timetables. Cost of the whole transport comparable to Moscow prices.
Metro Istanbul. Turkey.
City of Istanbul. Turkey.
Passing the Russian quarter, where all the inscriptions are in Russian, we come to the waterfront. Here you can watch the leisure of local residents. Small portable cafes, fishermen, busy discussing pressing problems, coastal shooting, people walk and rest on the grass, and this Thursday afternoon. Nobody works or what?
Working days of Istanbul.
Shooting range on the shores of the Sea of Marmara. Istanbul.
Beach in the city center of Istanbul.
Romance on the shore of the Sea of Marmara. Istanbul.
Fish Market on the shore of the Sea of Marmara. The stench is terrible.
We taxied and in the pop-tourist places: the center of the old cities where Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque) and Hagia Sophia are located (Sophia Cathedral) . In the Blue Dream we got, and the Sofia Cathedral for some reason was already closed. We just admired these buildings outside and walked along the narrow streets of the old city.
Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque) in Istanbul.
The entrance to Sultanahmet. Who knows why the chain is hanging?
Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque) in Istanbul.
Hagia Sophia (St. Sophia Cathedral) in Istanbul.
Streets in the old city of Istanbul. Turkey.
Center of Istanbul. Next to the Sofia Cathedral.
If in Ankara bagels are sold at every step, then here is boiled corn, 1 lira (20r) for the cob. Absolutely tasteless infection. It would be better traded bagels.
Istanbul is the capital of corn.
A little walk in the park, we caught the sunset on the Bosphorus. A symbolic place, a strip of water that separates Europe and Asia. Every half an hour ferries run through the strait, taking large popular because they quickly get to the opposite shores than doing a hook across the bridge.
Sunset on the Bosphorus Strait. Istanbul.
Prolif Bosphorus. Istanbul.
Floating McDonalds. Turkey.
Evening Istanbul. Turkey.
And then they hit the dark corners of the shopping streets. One lantern and not the soul. Only packages like tumbleweeds met on our way. And it is in the heart of the city of Istanbul!
The center of Istanbul in the evening.
Nearby, and also in the darkness lurked SSU – Istanbul State University-
Istanbul State University.
Due to our tiredness, the impressions of the city have remained a bit. blurry. But the fact that he is fascinating, and I want to return to it again, that’s for sure. Fortunately, you can buy cheap tickets to Istanbul (I advise you to look for Aviasales.ru and Skyscanner.ru) and in the pseudo capital Turkey to be at any time.
Spending all our last lyres on purpose, we returned to Ataturk Airport. And a few hours later we flew to Moscow, happy and happy, and ready for new adventures.
P.S. The one who does not like Turkey, just was not in it for real!
All parts of the story of our self-directed trip. Of Turkey: Route – Kemer – Antalya – Demre (Worlds) – Olympus and Cirali. – Side – Lake Beyşehir – Cappadocia – Göreme – Ankara – Adapazarı – Karasu – Istanbul
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