My husband and I just got back Friday night from spending three days/two nights in Istanbul Turkey. It was a rather short trip yes but no regrets in going. Just wish we had more time to spend there. The main purpose of the trip was to watch AC Bellinzona (Swiss football/soccer team) play a Turkish team in their third round for the UEFA cup. AC Bellinzona lost, 1-2 but both teams played well.
We arrived in Istanbul Wednesday afternoon. Talk about traffic from the airport to the hotel! My husband made the comment a few times that the traffic in Istanbul is 20 times worse than in Naples Italy, yet there is never an accident. It was amazing, taxi drivers driving like crazy, slamming on the brakes, yet no one ever touches the other. Wednesday evening we ate at a wonderful restaurant overlooking the Bosporus Straight (aka Istanbul Straight) with a gorgeous view of the Faith Bridge. The Faith Bridge is a bridge that connects the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. After supper we went to a local “trendy” disco, Reina, still along the Bosporus Straight. Needless to say we didn’t get back to the hotel very early. We were supposed to be up early Thursday morning for a guided tour of Istanbul, leaving at 9:30. We asked the front desk for a wake-up call at 8:30, which came and went. Finally, someone from our group came knocking on our door at ten. We declined going on the tour, since we had only slept about 4 hours plus my husband’s back was kind of bothering him. We ended up having a nice relaxed lazy day, hanging around the area. When the other people came back from the tour, they said they enjoyed it, but where destroyed due to seeing so many places in such a short amount of time.
Seen on several occasions street vendors. Seems to be pretty common. Seen men selling things like bananas, pretzels, corn, bread or even a shoe shine. I was pleasantly surprised how clean Istanbul is, considering its size. Of course there are neighborhoods that are cleaner or dirtier than others, but first consider the size of the city but also how old the city is. Istanbul was at one time Constantinople.