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19.06.2016 - 22.06.2016 29 °C
June 22nd - moved to Regno Hotel, Sisli, a boutique hotel in the middle of a bustling business and residential area. Here we got a taste of the sights, sounds and smells of everyday life - street vendors, the many faces of theTurkish people, chaotic traffic. On one of our forays to access the metro, we witnessed a motorbike crash at an intersection, little wonder at the speed they travel and the risks taken. In this case both drivers were up on their feet if not quite as fit as they had been. Here too, we began to use the metro and city bus service via the Istanbulkart. Our first trip was to Ortakoy a favourite spot on the Bosphorus by the 1st bridge to the Asian side. It is characterised by a waterfront, a mosque and numerous little shops and market stalls selling everything from clothing, jewellery, souvenirs and of course a wide variety of restaurants and eating stalls. An interesting place to while away a few hours. Next day, we headed down to Taksim Square, down Iskitlal Cad and across the bridge to Eminonu. Here we picked up a municipal ferryboat to travel up the Bosphorus stopping at various pick up points on both the Asian and European side. At the Black Sea entrance, the boat stopped for 2 hours allowing us time to explore the fishing village of Anadolu Kavagi at the foot of a hill where an old castle is situated and of course, indulge in an Efes beer and a shrimp hotpot with salad before our return journey. During this time we met again with Ipek and Ilker and two of their friends at another fish restaurant, also on the Bosphorus but between Sariyer and Tarabya to celebrate Ilker's birthday. Great times.