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Turkey Day 4: Istan-beautiful

Up early again because we had an 8am pickup for our flight back to Istanbul. The balloons were flying today.
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Who doesn't like pepperoni pizza and french fries for breakfast?
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We said goodbye to our hotel.
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Then we said goodbye to Cappadocia.
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A couple hours later and we arrived back in Istanbul. We were picked up in another lit up ride, albeit less colorful than the previous ones.
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We drove to our Istanbul hotel, Ansen Suites, which was located in the Karakoy area across the bridge from the city center. We had a large room with a kitchenette area.
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We got settled and then ventured out to Galata Tower. Or at least that was the plan. I went the wrong direction out of the hotel and we ended up on Istiklal Street, a street famous for shopping.
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We figured out our error, got some ice cream, and headed back south, finally arriving at Galata Tower.
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Galata Tower was built as a watchtower in 1348 and stands 219.5 feet tall. It has beautiful 360 degree views across Istanbul.
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We were getting hungry so we walked down to the Karakoy waterfront to find an early dinner.
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We chose Akin Balik, a choose your own seafood restaurant.
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We chose shrimp.
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And for mezzes (small plates), we chose eggplant, potatoes, and squid.
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Dinner was ok, not bad but not great. I tried to use the taxi app to get a ride back to the hotel but could not get it to work. We were able to hail a cab for the ride back instead of walking uphill. Since our hotel was on a busy street, we learned starting that night that taxi drivers don't want to drive down it so they drop you off a couple of blocks away. This did annoy me but it was good this night as we found a pretty, garden bar down from our hotel called Ernest's Bar (as in Hemingway). We stopped off for a drink.

I had a hot chili raki (local hooch).
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Brenda had a rum and Coke.
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We walked the block back to our hotel and relaxed the rest of the evening.

Posted by zihuatcat 20:42 Archived in Turkey Tagged turkey istanbul brenda

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