Rose and Don Europe 2016 travel blog

on the Bosphorus


lots of mosques

and palaces

and more





Don's moment

the new bridge


view from Pierrelot Hill

Istanbul crows

tram ride down

That's a hookah pipe at the restaurant

an actual whirling dervish

Thursday morning we wandered up to the Blue Mosque, a short walk away and got to know our area a little as we hiked along. There are plentiful restaurants and shops where, for the most part, the vendors are polite. A few were somewhat persistent but by our second trip around they seemed to have us pegged. There were plenty of police and security around.

We took a Bosporus cruise in the afternoon for a couple of hours. Very interesting as the amount of boating and shipping activity is quite astonishing. There are 3 bridges currently crossing the Bosporus, 1 for train traffic, which is cable stayed, and 2 for vehicular traffic which are suspension. There is a 3rd bridge nearing completion at the northern end of the Bosporus which is a unique hybrid combination of cable stayed and suspension. Our cruise did not go quite that far, but I’ve shopped a pic for those that are interested…..(me!).

On our return to our hotel we took a short cable car ride from a vantage point back to sea level where our bus was waiting. We passed by the Spice Market and the Grand Bazaar as we returned to our still non-air conditioned room where we had a wee respite from our day’s labours. I did, however have a quick word or 2 with the manager about speeding up the a/c repair…

Later, as we passed through the lobby on our way to dinner we discovered a phalanx of a/c technicians fervently rushing around with a variety of wires and tools in hand. It was kind of comical.

We had enjoyed a morning coffee at a local restaurant, the “Dervish”. And so decided to give dinner a go at the same place. We found that the usual menu had been replaced with a fixed Ramazan menu which turned out to be very good AND reasonable. As it happened, the restaurant had live entertainment, including (you guessed it!) a Whirling Dervish. A patron 2 tables away indulged in a ritualistic smoke from a hookah which was pre-lit by a waiter producing copious clouds of smoke.


Anyway, it also turns out that this is a favourite spot for locals (and others), so we were amongst the very few foreigners present.

We were treated vey well and had a wonderful impromptu time!

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