We stayed just behind the Blue Mosque on a quiet side street, at the Kaftan Hotel. The location was great, an easy walk to the main sites, in a neighborhood with lots of restaurants and shops, yet on a quiet side street, so we didn’t get a lot of the racket we would have had [...]
Istanbul Photo Gallery A few short blocks away from the Istanbul Hippodrome is the Grand Bazaar, supposedly with 8000 shops. We were expecting / hoping for a rat’s nest of confusing narrow alleys packed with vendors selling all sorts of stuff. Like this: But instead we found a shopping mall: We did stop in to [...]
Upon arrival at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, we hung around the domestic terminal for 5 hours to catch a flight to Cappadocia. Cappadocia is pretty rural, with beautiful landscapes that reminded us of Bryce Canyon in Utah. Instead of sandstone, the rocks are volcanic ash, not nearly as colorful, but the erosion effect is similar, [...]
Think About ThisStrollers are worthless. If you use a stroller, you are pushing your kid around at butt-level to the world, facing away from you, taking up way more than your fair share of space. Or you carry your kid and then the stroller becomes a burden to you - and the people around you. Carry your kid in your arms, close to you so you can explain the world as you encounter it together at eye-level. Leave the stroller in the store, unpurchased.