Istanbul

One Day in Istanbul

March 28, 2020
Istanbul has been on my travel map ever since I remember (Okay, I first were here back in 2009). Time after time we like to take layover flight via Istanbul, and so did happen last time, at the end of February 2020 - we booked a connected flight Tbilisi - Istanbul - Riga with Turkish Airlines so we have a...

Best Point Hotel Old City Istanbul (Sultanahmet)

March 20, 2020
Located in the Old City of Istanbul, this hotel is within walking distance to Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Best Point Hotel Old City offers air-conditioned rooms. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. We booked here a one night stay at the end of...

Istanbul Airport

October 30, 2018
Istanbul Airport will be the main international airport serving Istanbul. It is based in the Arnavutköy district on the European side of Istanbul, Turkey. The opening ceremony took place on 29 October 2018, scheduled so as to coincide with the 95th anniversary of the...

Top 20 5-star hotels in Istanbul, Turkey

September 01, 2017
For a luxury stay in Istanbul, you will find a wide selection of top World brand hotels, Sheraton, Hilton, Kempinski, Four Seasons, Hyatt you name it. a From my personal experience, I've stayed at a dozen of Istanbul's boutique hotels in a price range USD 60-100, with Dosso Dossi Istanbul Old City Hotel...

What to do and see in Istanbul in less than 24 hours

June 30, 2017
So you have just 24 hours for Istanbul? In this short indie travel guide, I will list places you could easily manage to visit and see in less than 24 hours.  My story short - at the end of May we booked connecting flight from Riga to Tbilisi, via Istanbul, we had an option to have a shorter waiting time, but...

Istanbul Atatürk Airport

June 28, 2017
Istanbul Atatürk Airport is the main international airport serving Istanbul, and the biggest airport in Turkey by total number of passengers, destinations served and aircraft movements. Opened in 1924 in Yeşilköy, on the European side of the city, it is located 24 km (15 mi...

Dosso Dossi Istanbul Old City Hotel

June 27, 2017
We booked this 4-star hotel in Sultanahmet district, Istanbul for a one night stay during a layover flight Riga - Istanbul - Tbilisi at the end of May 2017.  We paid about EUR 50 for one night stay at this hotel Located in Sultanahmet district, Dosso Dossi Hotels Old City is within a walking distance from...

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

June 26, 2017
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily.  In 2014, it was listed No.1 among world's most-visited tourist attractions with...

Sultan Ahmed Mosque

June 25, 2017
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque  is a historic mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. A popular tourist site, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque continues to function as a mosque today; men still kneel in prayer on the mosque's lush red carpet after the call to prayer. The Blue Mosque, as it is...

Engineering An Empire The Byzantines

February 14, 2015
A long time has passed since I have reviewed some documentary film. Today, I watched an interesting documentary made by History Channel - Engineering an Empire The Byzantines. I must admit that now I feel more educated about ancient history. In this documentary is covered the time period from the founding...

Istanbul - Konya - New High Speed Train in Turkey

December 23, 2014
I have travelled by train in Turkey just once back in 2011 from Ankara to Izmir. That route went some 15-17 hours... It's damned boring thing. Well I'm glad I took that ride of course, but I'm more glad to learn that Turkey is investing much in it's train infrastructure. And I'm sure I will use Istanbul - Konya high...

Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport

October 22, 2014
I have been at Sabiha Gokcen Airport several times already, I have made flights via Sabiha Gokcen to and from Trabzon/Izmir. And today I made a route Tbilisi - Istanbul - Barcelona.I have never documented how does Sabiha Gocken looks like, and I decided to change that.N.B. There are no smoking facilities in Sabiha...