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    • Day 1

      Аксарай. Шаверма по турецки

      March 18, 2017 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

      Решил одним глазком поглядеть на Стамбул. Поменял по какому-то абстрактно курсу 10 баксов и поехал в город на метро. Благо, ветка прямо от аэропорта начинается. Метро лёгкое, идёт практически всегда по поверхности. Приезжаю какие то кварталы, трамвайных парк и прочие интересные места. На станции Аксарай решил что надо либо ехать по другой ветке, либо тут погулять чуток. Переход происходит через выход со станции. Билета лишнего нет, да и где ветка т1 не сразу понятно. А тут лавка с шавермой... Вообщем, говяжья шаверма (донер) за 9 лир и айран. Метро 4 лиры стоит. Пора обратно ехать...Read more

    • Day 27

      The European Side

      April 8, 2015 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

      After checking out I made my way to the European side. The walk was long and tiring and I'm sure the Grand Hotel Palmiye wasn't where it was advertised to me but further along. Had tea whilst waiting for the room to be ready. It was tiny! The TV didn't work (not a bigs) and the shower needed some sellotape but got there in the end. Skype call and some TripAdvisor prowling later I made my way out into this more modern side, with its long, narrow and steep streets all eventually connecting up to the main tram line street which cuts through Beyoglu.

      First stop: a quaint tobacco cafe on the first floor with windows which open out to give a more terracey feel. With some help I chose my tobacco and rolled up before sitting down for some tea (all on the house). With the sun streaming in and the owners cat purring in my lap I basked thoughtlessly for a timeless while.

      Eventually, the thought of all there is to do today called me back to the moment. Thanking the owner I clambered down the stairs (feeling very old and stiff) and made my way towards Taksim square. Looking back now it's as if the majority of people out were young adults.

      The new generation of Taksim seem to have for the most part completely embraced western thought and culture and shed their roots without guilt. They are in many ways rapidly westernising to the point I think they may end up outdoing them at their own game!
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    • Day 27

      Taksim Square, Art + Hipster Central

      April 8, 2015 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

      Had a bite to eat before reaching Taksim Square. It was nothing special and I tried to imagine the mass of people who had been here protesting not long ago. Some teenagers were showing off their rollerblading skills but I was unable to photograph them.

      From here I made my way down the steep stairways towards the coast. I sat by the sea, saw some mosques and spent (wasted) some money on Istanbul Modern Art Gallery (These artists are better bullshitters than me) I mean I tried to be artsy fartsy but there's only so many naked fat contorted ladies I can put up with before i call bullshit on the 'deep' descriptions of what these pieces signify. It wasn't all bad though there were some cool pieces including a corridor with a ceiling made of books and a photo exhibition.

      Walking towards the bridge along the coast I came upon the cool new hangout area of Beyoglu. A once poor district recently converted to a series of cafes, art galleries and restaurants. The injection of development into this area did have an interesting although melancholic feel for me as generations old history made way for new, to cater to the tourists and upper and middle class with money to burn (as if Istanbul didn't have enough).
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    • Day 27

      Mosque, American & Performing Arts

      April 8, 2015 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

      Back along the bridge I went to Sulaymaniye Mosque. Beautiful. I prayed and relaxed before making my way to Hodjapasha Cultural Centre. Realising I had time to kill I was convinced to go to a restaurant for some tea. It was on the fourth floor with large sliding windows overlooking the water. Here I met an American psychotherapist working for the military and we spoke at great length about Islam, current affairs and so on until I realised I was actually running late. Rushing I reached the centre in time. Although my seat was terrible I was excited to see this performance set in an authentic dome shaped hammam. The visuals were stunning, projected on the walls whilst the story unfolding about a harem girl who falls for a Dutch ambassador during the Tulip Period. The music, visuals and dancing was excellent. Definitely a highlight of my visit so far.

      Pooped, I walked back to my hotel, surprised to find out how lively it was. Throngs of people were out and shops were open everywhere as I walked back at half 11 at night. As I came up to Galata I found many side street clubs blaring music, 2 or 3 on each street. Everyone seemed to be heading in one general direction, away from Taksim, I should have asked where.

      I finally arrived at my hotel and exhausted, I conked out.
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    • Day 27

      Faulty clips, prozzies & dancing

      April 8, 2015 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

      Yesterday the clip to my internal luggage strap broke. Mustafa the hostel owner said he would sort me out today so we took a brisk walk to the menders. Managed to find a larger clip not quite the right type but would do. On the way back I heard a SHHH hissing sound come from a window and there I saw a woman with plenty of makeup and breasts protruding from behind the bars in full display. A prostitute. Now I understood why there were many young boys loitering late last night next to this very house. I resolved to capture a picture when I made my way to the next hotel.

      I walked past and *tried* to be discreet. Unfortunately I wasn't. The mantra "No photo no photo" came from the window and the few boys who were around found it an opportunity to display their chivalry, crowding me and watching me to ensure I delete the photo I just took.
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