Sunday, 24 June 2007

A weekend in Istanbul

I had the weekend off and have just come back to a rainy UK after a short break in Istanbul where it was a sultry 34C. I have never been to Istanbul before and it was wonderful. It is such a diverse city and whilst we visited all the "must see" sights such as the Topkapi Palace, Dolmabahce Palace, Aya Sofya and Blue Mosque, we also rode the tram to the Grand Bazaar (where you get hassled to buy a carpet at every turn), ate boreck in a park, visited an ancient Roman cistern where ghostly carp swim in token water, and tried out the local wines in a restaurant overlooking the Bosphorus, which carves the City in two. Sadly I didn't get time for a Turkish bath, and despite the hot sunny weather I didn't get a hint of tan due to the extra layer of factor 35 suncream! If anyone is looking for a weekend of culture, good weather, and wonderful food and drink, then Istanbul is certainly somewhere worth considering.

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