After a late lunch we jumped on the tram only to get kicked off for not paying. After figuring how to pay we ended in a sardine can of a train car for the ride back over the bridge to something called a Funikuler (later to find out this is a train that runs up /down an inclined plane or cliff railway) to the top of Istiklal Street and the heart of modern Istanbul and the site of most of the recent demonstrations and incidents. The point of most of the We then made our way down the mile long street that reminded me of a combination of Boston’s Newberry street and Faunal Hall.
This cobblestone street attracts both locals and tourists like us who walk its length. We enjoy the many boutiques, restaurants, cafes, shops and snack vendors – well really only the snack vendors. At one point I jumped on a street car that runs up the middle of the street (think hanging off a street car in San Francisco).
The sun was just going down when we made it to the bottom and the Galata Tower. After a short wait in line we were at the top. Once a watchtower and now a dominating landmark it gave us a breathtaking view of the city at night, of which our pictures do not do justus to.
After a quick snack of a torpedo shaped bread with minced meat, an egg, tomatoes and a few peppers we made or way back to our hotel and dinner.
Dinner is best described in a video that would not load – sorry
I forgot to mention we did hit the Spice Bazaar and picked up a few interesting items including a hookah, a few hats and some Turkish candy.
We did ended up skipping a few things like a traditional Turkish bath. The Turk’s need to learn from the Asians in this area. In turkey men give men baths, what’s that all about? Due to a lack of time and we passed on the Dolmabahca Palace and a Bosporus Boat trip to the Black Sea. We also passed on the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum due to a lack of interest.
All and all a great time in Istanbul even with the shortened time and lack of sleep. We will be up tomorrow at 4:30 to catch a flight to our next adventure…
The street of Istiklal