Day 3 of Golden Fleece Istanbul Turkey Contiki
Today we are off to Istanbul later on this afternoon.
We now later in the afternoon are approaching city of Istanbul, Turkey, its an an amazing view, as you first can see the Mosques as the first thing you notice.
The city is very big and it just keeps getting bigger and wider was we approach.
The day is blue and bright and very sunny out, a perfect day. We are greeted at the port by a marching band playing a few fancy tunes. We then get off the ship and onto our tour bus, we are greeted by a local guide, who will do a city tour for us.
We make our first stop at the Spice Bazaar, as huge market place of food. You can try spices, chocolate, candies and all other types of foods here. The merchants, however are very pushy and don’t take “no” for an answer ever. The place is very crowded a
nd condensed with many people, tourists and locals alike. It is a very interesting place just to be in side of. I don’t buy anything but I do try some of the samples of the goods here. It is very good and the quality is amazing.
From here we leave and head back to the bus, see a guy selling fresh corn outside, almost tempted to buy some as it smells very good. We then drive to the Grand Bazaar, which is considered the “must see’ place in Istanbul. This is a huge like shopping market with over 5000 merchants place, you can buy everything from shoes, purses and anything.
We make it back to the cruise ship for dinner, we have a good meal in the dining room tonight.
Later in evening we meet up in the Venus bar for a few drinks and socializing. Later on, the group goes out to some tourist bar or something. I myself and this other girl we head out on to the town for a evening out to experience Turkish nightlife. We leave the ship and grab a taxi outside the port. We are headed to the Bospherus are of Istanbul, where main nightlife is. The drive there is crazy, traffic everywhere, people going the wrong way on the street, at one point we were driving in reverse for a long time as there is no order on the streets here.
We get out near some night clubs areas.
We then go walking and make it to a local eating places, like delis etc. It is full of great smells and good food. We go in and try some type of meat thingy which is great and eat in some outdoor café, fun ordering as no one here spoke a word of English, but a good adventure.
From here we make it back to the taxi and back to the cruiseship around 5am. I think we are the only ones to make it back to the ship. Well it is off to bed now as I am up early in morning for more of the tour of Istanbul, an amazing city.