Days two and three in Istanbul

As usual, it didn`t take long for me to get bored with the most touristy districts. They just feel like a giant themepark, with nothing real.

On my second day, I walked through the shopping streets of Taksim, and got the idea to continue to the Bosphorus Bridge. That meant walking through Besiktas to Ortaköy.

I had a small hope of continuing to the Asian side, but soon learned the bridge hasn`t taken pedestrians since the seventies. Still, the walk was worth it. Ortaköy has beautiful small restaurants, and I had a really nice lunch. On my way back, I walked through the bazaar district in Sultanahmet, and it really seems endless……

On the third day, I decided to take a stroll around the Golden Horn, starting in Sultanahmet and ending up in Taksim. It was a long walk (close to 20 kilometers), and it gave a fantastic view of the districts outside the common tourist paths. The feet hurt, but wow, was it worth it!

The middle 10 km was without a tourist in sight. I encountered school marching bands, goats, real local restaurants, and found ot that the shallow end of the Horn really literally stinks. Didn’t matter, the experience was great.

2 Comments

  1. Did you go to Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque, a short walk from the At Meydani [hippodrome.] If not, you did not see the best of the Ottoman architect, Sinan and missed the highlight of Istanbul!

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