Istanbul is the capital of Turkey, real! Part 12

Our trip was coming to an end. After Karasu we only had to go in Istanbul(Istambul), from where our departure should take place. We got to it as standard, on the bus. And we had only one day to visit the former Constantinople.

The city of Istanbul has left much more pleasant impressions than Ankara. It has a great cultural heritage.connects various religions, Europe and Asia. And to be fair, it is Istanbul - the capital of Turkey, and not Ankara. I now understand those people who come to Istanbul for the weekend. This is a really good option for independent travel.

Where to stay in Istanbul

Prearranged hotels, where you can spend the night, share with you. Yeni Hotel and Subrosa Hotel Istanbul. The reviews are good, also conveniently located in terms of tourist facilities, in general, you can safely book.

Walking in Istanbul

Before the trip, I thought how we will navigatein such a big city. But it turned out that the map of Istanbul is quite enough for this. Moreover, the main sights of Istanbul were present on the map, and metro lines were also plotted. So if you go there, be sure to get something like that, and then you will be independent of paid excursions in Istanbul.

First of all we went to the airportAtaturk to hand over things to walk light. The price was not very pleasant -15 ler (300 rubles) for a suitcase and 20 liras (400 rubles) for big luggage. We thought a bit, and we had an idea that would hardly have occurred to an European person to put two backpacks together and pass them off for one big baggage. Chip rolled. Use!

Close to Ataturk Airport. Istanbul.

Close to Ataturk Airport. Istanbul.

By the way, at the airport we were very surprised by a guyaccepting luggage, speaking 5-6 languages, including Russian. So strange, where, in theory, people should sit with knowledge of the language, sit those who speak only their native, and vice versa.

After the airport we took the subway totourist center. Well, more precisely, almost to him, as the transfer from branch to branch in Istanbul is paid. The blessing of time was enough, and there was a desire to take a walk. In addition to the Istanbul metro, there are metrobus. These are buses, with a dedicated lane and a frequent schedule. The cost of all transport is comparable to Moscow prices.

Metro Istanbul. Turkey.

Metro Istanbul. Turkey.

City of Istanbul. Turkey.

City of Istanbul. Turkey.

Passing the Russian quarter, where all the inscriptionsin Russian, we approached the embankment. Here you can watch the leisure of local residents. Small portable cafes, fishermen engaged in discussing pressing problems, the coastal shooting gallery, people walk and relax on the grass, and this is the day on Thursday. Nobody works or what?

Working days of Istanbul.

Working days of Istanbul.

Shooting range on the shores of the Sea of ​​Marmara. Istanbul.

Shooting range on the shores of the Sea of ​​Marmara. Istanbul.

Beach in the city center of Istanbul.

Beach in the city center of Istanbul.

Romance on the shore of the Sea of ​​Marmara. Istanbul.

Romance on the shore of the Sea of ​​Marmara. Istanbul.

Fish Market on the shore of the Sea of ​​Marmara. The stench is terrible.

Fish Market on the shore of the Sea of ​​Marmara. The stench is terrible.

We taxied and in the pop-tourist places: the center of the old city, where Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque) and Hagia Sophia (Saint Sophia Cathedral) are located. We got into the Blue Dream, and the Sofia Cathedral was for some reason already closed. We just admired these buildings outside and walked along the narrow streets of the old city.

Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque) in Istanbul.

Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque) in Istanbul.

The entrance to Sultanahmet. Who knows why the chain is hanging?

The entrance to Sultanahmet. Who knows why the chain is hanging?

Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque) in Istanbul.

Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque) in Istanbul.

Hagia Sophia (St. Sophia Cathedral) in Istanbul.

Hagia Sophia (St. Sophia Cathedral) in Istanbul.

Streets in the old city of Istanbul. Turkey.

Streets in the old city of Istanbul. Turkey.

Center of Istanbul. Next to the Sofia Cathedral.

Center of Istanbul. Next to the Sofia Cathedral.

If in Ankara bagels are sold at every step, here is boiled corn, 1 lira (20p) for the cob. Absolutely tasteless infection. It would be better traded bagels.

Istanbul is the capital of corn.

Istanbul is the capital of corn.

A little walk in the park, we caught the sunset onthe Bosphorus Strait. A symbolic place, a strip of water that separates Europe and Asia. Every half an hour ferries ply through the strait, which are very popular, as they are faster to get to the opposite shore than do a detour across the bridge.

Sunset on the Bosphorus Strait. Istanbul.

Sunset on the Bosphorus Strait. Istanbul.

Prolif Bosphorus. Istanbul.

Prolif Bosphorus. Istanbul.

Floating McDonalds. Turkey.

Floating McDonalds. Turkey.

Evening Istanbul. Turkey.

Evening Istanbul. Turkey.

And after they hit the dark corners of the shopping streets. One flashlight and no soul. Only packages like tumbleweed met on our way. And it is in the heart of the city of Istanbul!

The center of Istanbul in the evening.

The center of Istanbul in the evening.

Nearby, and also in the darkness, the SSU hid - Istanbul State University ...

Istanbul State University.

Istanbul State University.

Because of our tiredness, impressions of the citystayed a bit blurry. But the fact that he is fascinating, and I want to return to him again, that's for sure. Fortunately, you can buy cheap tickets to Istanbul (I advise you to look at Aviasales.ru and Skyscanner.ru) and be at any time in the pseudo capital of Turkey.

Having specially spent all our last lira, we returned to Ataturk Airport. And a few hours later they flew to Moscow, satisfied and happy, and ready for new adventures.

P.S. The one who does not like Turkey, just was not really in it!

All parts of the story about our independent trip through Turkey:
Route - Kemer - Antalya - Demre (Worlds) - Olympus and Cirali. - Side - Lake Beysehir - Cappadocia - Goreme - Ankara - Adapazar - Karasu - Istanbul

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