Savel istanbul untour trip log part 2

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<ul><li> MondayJune10,2013 TooktheblueLineTramtotheGrandBazaar </li> <li> OldBookBazaaragoodplacetolookfor books OneofthemanyGoldShops intheGrandBazaar </li> <li> Twobrotherscreatingjewelrywithphysicalbellowstopumpfuelfortheirtorches. Theirshopwasoneofmanywithjewelryforsale,butuniquethattheyweremaking jewelryrightintheshop. ThelocationofthisshopwasinthecenteroftheGrandBazaar. </li> <li> Silverscrapsfoundry andentrancestolittle shopsonperimeterof theGrandBazaar </li> <li> AntiqueTurkishCarpetsforSale </li> <li> TaksimSquareatNightDemonstratorsstillinplacePoliceActionPending </li> <li> TuesdayJune11,2013 OnthisdayweplannedtovisittheDolmabachePalaceMuseum. Whenwearrivedatourtramstopandwalkedtowardsthe entrancealargegatheringofpoliceandpolicevehicleswas present.Waitinginlinetopurchaseentryticketstothemuseum wereceivedacellphonecallfromourlandlordtellingustoleave thatareaimmediatelyaspoliceactionwaspending.Wedecided totakethetramtotheoldpartofIstanbulwhichwasdeemed safe.Theongoingupdatesfromourlandlordprovideddirectionto havegoodandsafeexperiences.Untoursprovidedenoughdaysin Istanbultobeflexiblewithourplansofwhatandwhentovisit. Mosques visitedwith changeinplans </li> <li> BlacksmokefromindicatedPoliceActionatTaksimSquare </li> <li> WednesdayJune12,2013 WedecidedtovisitEyup.Thispermittedustousebus,tram,and funicular.ThewaythemasstransitsystemofIstanbulworksiswithina periodoftimeafteryourfirstusethenextridesarereducedfares. TheuseofmasstransitfortransportationinIstanbulistheoppositeof individualprivatecaruseinsouthernCalifornia.Wefoundthecorrect busatEminonuthatwouldgetustoEyupinashortamountoftime. Eventhoughtheweatherwascloudywithlightraintheliftuptothe topofthehillatEyupwasrunningandtheviewwasgreat.Eventhe liftwascoveredbyourtransportationpasses. </li> <li> InEyupthereareveryuniquegravemarkers.Thecemeteryisalongthe hillsideandalsoclosetothemosque. </li> <li> Localcherrieswereinseason.They werereasonablypricedand delicious.Pricesrangedfrom7TL to3TLforaKilogramdependingon location.Thefurtherawayfrom touriststhecheapertheybecame. </li> <li> ThursdayJune13,2013 TodaywetraveledtoOrtaky usingdifferentmodesofmasstransit funicular,tram, andbus.ThisareaofIstanbulisontheEuropesideoftheBosphorus rightatthe endthefirstbridgeconnectingEuropewithAsia.Therearesmalljewelryshops nearthewater.TherearetwospecialfoodsinOrtaky potatoesandwaffles.Both comewithyourchoiceoftoppings,andtheyaredelicious. Bosphorus BridgeOrtakoy is locatedontheleftside. Ortakoy PotatoandWaffleShops </li> <li> The views of all the activity on the Bosphorus from Ortakoy is very refreshing. After enjoying the local foods a walk through the shops is very nice. Next was a longer walk to Yildiz Park. This park is huge and very green and shady. There is a steep uphill climb to a small restaurant where cold drinks were available. We then walked to the porcelin factory gift shop. It was closed for lunch but we could see the incredibly fine items for sale. The high prices certainly matched the quality of workmanship. Next was a challenge to find our way to Yildiz Palace Museum. The park has a wall around it so we had to walk outside of the wall and then through the technical university to find the entrance to the museum. This is probably one sight that could be missed. </li> <li> FridayJune14,2013 Thiswasanextraspecialdayforus.Ourlandlord,Izel hadaskedustogoonawalking tourwithhiminanareaofIstanbulthatwehadnotvisited.Theweatherwasourfirst andonlydayofrainfortwoweeksinIstanbulbutdidnotdampenourenthusiasmor pleasuretoseethewonderfulsightsandhearthehistoryofthesesightswithour guide.OnlyonanIdyllUntour dosuchadventuresoccur! Westartedourwalkfromourapartment.Wechosetowalkdownourhilltocatcha tramtotheGrandBazaarstop.ThisprovidedtheopportunityforIzel totellusthe historyofthespecialstairsnearthebottomofthehillandthenthebankersstreet atthebottomofthehill.Wewereuntourists learningaboutourneighborhood.After catchingthetramwewalkedthroughtheOldBookBazaarjustoutsidetheGrand Bazaar.ThenwewalkedtoIstanbulUniversityonthewaytotheSuleymaniye Mosque.Theuniversitystudentswerepresentoncampus,andthisisIzels Alma Mater. Themosqueismagnificent.Whatanincrediblearchitecturalachievement!Withthe usualmosquesincludedinIstanbultoursthisisonemosquethatuntourists should see. </li> <li> GrandBazaarOldBookBazaar Suleymaniye MosqueInnerCourtyard IstanbulUniversity DomesandminaretsatSuleymaniye Mosque </li> <li> Sleymaniye Mosqueinteriorphotos </li> <li> IzelwithhislongtimewaiterandfriendAli Lokantasi RestaurantnearSuleymanye Mosque OursimplebutdeliciouslunchofTurkish beans,rice,pickles,andbread Oneofthemanysmallbusinesseson ourwalktotheSpiceMarket </li> <li> EnjoyingourJustDessertsatafavoritebaklavabakeryofIzel inKarikoy </li> <li> NighttimephotosfromtheGalata Bridge </li> <li> FishRestaurantsundertheGalata Bridge Bosphorus Bridge Karakoy;Bosphorus Bridge;Asian SideofIstanbul </li> <li> SaturdayJune15,2013 TodayitwasdeemedsafetovisittheDolmabache Palace Museum.Wewalkeddownourhillandcaughtthetramto Kabatas.Thencontinuedwalkingtothemuseumandharem. ThisisnotonlyawonderfulmuseumbutthePrimeMinister hasofficeswithinthebuildings.Wewerenowquiteusedto usingthemasstransitsysteminIstanbultogetaround.The tramswereespeciallyuseful.Wecaughtthetramfrom Kabatas totheGrandBazaarstop.Bythistimewewere hungryanddrawntoLokantasi RestaurantforTurkishbeans, rice,pickles,bread,anddrinks.Wewerehookedonsuchtasty andreasonablypricedfood. </li> <li> MywifeandIseatedatLokantasi Resaurant withourfavoritefoods </li> <li> AfterlunchwewalkeddowntotheOrientExpresstrainstation.There isasmallbutverynicemuseumwithhistoryandmemorabiliarelated tothefamoustrain. </li> <li> AfterdinnerinourapartmentwedecidedtowalkthefulllengthofIstiklal Cadessi and checkonthedemonstrations.Taksim Squarehasalreadybeenclearedbythepolicewith teargasandwatercannons.Gezi Parkwasstilloccupiedandthereweremanyadditional demonstratorspresenteven inTaksim Square.TheTurkishflagsandAtaturkBanneronthe sideofthebuildinginthebackgroundwerehuge.Weweretoldthatthedemonstrators werecomprisedofdifferentgroupswithonethingincommonoppositiontothecurrent PrimeMinisterandhisdecisions.Suddenly,anumberoffiretrucks appearedatthefarend ofTaksim Square.Wedecidedthiswasasigntoleavethearea.Afterwereturnedtoour apartmentwereceivedacallfromIzel informingusofpendingpoliceaction.Thisaction didoccurandbothTaksim SquareandGezi Parkwereclearedofdemonstrators. </li> <li> SundayJune16,2013 Ourdaybeganearlyat5:00a.m.withpolicefiringteargasat demonstratorsoutsideourapartmentbuilding.Thislasteda shorttime.WereceivedinformationfromIzel thatitwouldbe safetoshopforfoodforlunchanddinneratourlocalmarket. Wehadlunchinourapartmentandthenwereabletosafely visittheModernArtMuseum.TherecommendationfromIzel wastonotusemasstransitandtoreturntotheapartmentby 4:00p.m.Wewalkeddownourhillandthenontothe ModernArtMuseum.Theadmissionisreasonableandthe museumisquitegood.Iwouldrecommenditforuptoahalf dayactivitydependingonyourinterestinmodernart.We thenstartedbacktoourapartment. </li> <li> WewalkedtotheentrancetoTunel,ourlocalfunicularand decidedtotakeittothetopofourhillsinceitwasbefore4:00 p.m.Whenweexitedthecarteargashadalreadybeenfiredto movethedemonstratorsoutofTunel Square.Weneededtojoin thecrowdwhoweremovingquicklydowntowardsourapartment building.Thedemonstratorsseemedtorecognizethatwewere friendlytouristsandtheyletusmergetojointhem.Wesafely arrivedatourapartmentbuildingandgotinsideourfourthfloor apartment.Forthenextfourhourswewereabletoobservethe policeactionwithlotsofteargasusedtomovethedemonstrators downourstreet.Weweresafeinourapartmentabovetheaction. Thenextslideshowsthedemonstratorsmovingdownourstreet toescapetheteargasbeingfiredbythefollowingpolice.This videowastakenfromourapratment. </li> <li> DoubleClicktostartvideo </li> <li> Policeactionwithteargasinfrontofourapartmentbuilding. </li> <li> MondayJune17,2013 Thismorningthecitywascalm.WedecidedtovisittheAsian partofIstanbul;thelocationistheeastsideoftheBosphorus. Thispermittedustouseanothertypeofmasstransitvehicle, aferry.Ourtransportationcardworksforthesepublicferries. WetookTunel totheTurvol FerrylandinginKarakoy and caughttheferrytoUskadar.Theweatherwasbeautifuland thesceneryfromtheshipwasincredible.Againthisiswhatan Untour offers achancetobealocalandusetheirmodesof transportationtovisitoutlyingpartsofthecity.Afterdocking wewalkedtoMaidensTowerwhichofferedgreatviewsback totheGoldenHornareaofIstanbul.Wecouldseeclearlyon onesideofthewaterourneighborhoodnearGalata Tower andontheothersideTopkapi Palace. </li> <li> BoardingthepublicferryfromKarakoy toUskadar.Thesignfor stopsonboardwereveryhelpfultoconfirmthatyouareusingthe correctferryforyourdestination.Theskywasclearsopanoramic viewsweretheorderoftheday.Travelingbyferryonthewater wasveryrefreshing.Itwasamazingthatashortferryridewould takeustothewesternboundaryofEuropetotheeastern boundaryofAsia. </li> <li> LeavingEurope EnteringAsia TheMassTransportationsysteminIstanbulisreallygreat.After usingourlocalfunicular,severaldifferenttramlines,and differentbussesweadjustedtousingthepublicferriesvery easily.Ourtransportationcardsbecamepartofourdailytravel withinthecityandloadingitwithadditionalTurkishLiras whenwewererunninglowwasquiteeasy. </li> <li> AfterseeingtheMaidensTowerwewalkedbacktoUskadar to catchabustoKadikoy.Thisiswheretheimprssive andhugeAsian sidetrainstationislocated.Also,thereisanicesquarenearthe ferrydocks.Nowitwastimetofindthecorrectferrybackto Eminonu.ThentakeatramtotheGrandBazaar.Wedidsome shoppingforgiftsalongthewalkbacktotheSpiceMarket.Thenwe continuedacrosstheGalata BridgeandcaughttheTunel backtoour apartment. </li> <li> TuesdayJune18,2013 TodaywasanincredibleidealIdylladventure.Izel andhissisterDoret invitedustojointheminatouroftheZeyrek areaofthecitythat touristsdonotusuallyvisit.Theywereverycarefultocheckontheir iphones andstreetmapsthebestroutestotakeforagood experiencesincethiswouldbeinareligiouslyconservativeareaof Istanbul,andthewomeninourlittlegroupwouldnotbecovered. </li> <li> Westartedthedaywithourusualuntours breakfast goodcoffee andbakedgoodsinourapartment.ThenmetIzel andDoret to catchaverylocalbusjustaroundthecornerfromour apartment,crossedtheAtaturkBridgeforthefirsttime,anddrove throughadifferentpartofIstanbul.WegotoffthebusintheFatih areaandstartedwalkingtowardstheFatih Mosque. ThebeautifulcolorsanddesignsinsidetheMosquewereincredibleandquitea contrasttotheweatheroutside. </li> <li> NowthewalkingtourbeginsthoughpartsofIstanbulwithouttouristsbuttodaywith untourists </li> <li> GreatPide RestaurantforLunch RomanAqueduct </li> <li> Fathiye MosqueformerlyPammakaristos ChurchWith incredibleMosaics </li> <li> Balat Ahrida Synagogue Over500yearsold WalkingthroughBalat Neighborhood Gaveusachancetoseeanotherpartof IstanbulwithnoTouristsonlyLocalsand SeveralUntourists </li> <li> BulgarianChurchwaitingfor fundstodoRestoration Endofthedaywithold TaksimTunel StreetCar ThiswasourlastdayinourtwoweeksIstanbulUntour andwasoneofthe bestdaysthatIeverexperienced.ThekindnessshowntousbyIzel and Doret provedonceagainthestrengthofUntours.WithanUntour itis possibletomakenewfriendswhowillprovideopportunitiestoseeplaces, people,andsightsthatmosttouristsarenotevenaware. Weendedthisgreatdaybypackingfordeparturehomeearlythenext morning. </li> </ul>