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.


  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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