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Day 9: Istanbul, Turkey - This was a day of sightseeing at some of the most famous attractions in Istanbul that I’ve wanted to visit my entire life including the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. And the read highlight of the day for me was the incredible Turkish food, especially the kebabs.
Museum Pass Istanbul - 85 TRY ($28.88) - Before getting started with the things we did in this video, I purchased a Museum Pass for Istanbul, which granted me access to a few of the attractions without having to stand in line. I’m not sure if I really saved much money, but it did save time.
2:00 Sultan Ahmet Camii (Blue Mosque) - Our first stop of the day in this attractions in Istanbul video was the Sultan Ahmet Camii, which is commonly known as the Blue Mosque due to its blue tiles on the inside. We actually arrived a little too early in the morning, so they were not open yet, so we walked around the Hippodrome of Constantinople for a few minutes. When the Blue Mosque opened, we went inside. Both inside and outside are incredible to see.
5:37 Hagia Sophia - One of the most famous pieces of architecture in all of Istanbul and one of the most famous attractions is Hagia Sophia. It started off as a church, later became a mosque, and now it’s an official museum. After entering, you can walk around the main room, but the highlight of visiting Hagia Sophia for me was walking up to the upper galleries for some amazing views from above.
8:24 Topkapi Palace - Finally, one more of the most famous attractions in Istanbul, and located right in the same area as Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque is Topkapi Palace, which was an Ottoman Palace. You can walk around the gardens and palace structures, which are now galleries. I especially enjoyed the Imperial Harem, which was a section of the palace reserved for women, and the best preserved area of the palace.
11:25 Sehzade Erzurum Cag Kebab (Şehzade Cağ Kebap) - There are many different types of Turkish food, and cag kebab is a type of kebab from Erzurum in Eastern Turkey. According some some men I met while eating the amazing kebabs, this is the best restaurant for cag kebab in all of Istanbul. The type of kebab is made from lamb, and instead of being on a vertical skewer like other types of kebabs, it’s grilled on a horizontal skewer. The meat is cooked with wood fire, and slice off onto smaller skewers to be served. If you get a chance to try cag kebab, it’s an absolutely stunning Turkish food. The entire meal was delicious, but the best part was meeting the owner of Sehzade Erzurum Cag Kebab and eating a slice of the meat right off the roll hot and fresh. Out entire meal cost 85 TL ($28.88).
20:34 Basilica Cistern - 20 TRY ($6.80) - Arter the amazing Turkish food lunch, we headed over to see the Basilica cistern, one of many underground cisterns in Istanbul. It was interesting to see. We then headed to the hotel for a rest, and then went out again for dinner.
23:27 Dinner at Balkan Lokantasi - Beşiktaş is a neighborhood in Istanbul and we walked over to a restaurant for dinner in that neighborhood called Balkan Lokantasi. It was an extremely busy restaurant serving all sorts of different Turkish food in a cafeteria like style. You walk through the line, choose whatever dishes you want, and pay for what you get. You can eat a serious feast for a pretty good price. I got a little confused and didn’t really know what I was doing, so ended up ordering what was way too much food. But that’s alright, it was all really delicious.
It was fantastic day of Turkish food and visiting some attractions in Istanbul that I had wanted to visit my entire life.
Disclaimer and Thank You:
This trip was made possible by Star Alliance and their Round The World tickets (http://www.staralliance.com/en/round-the-world) who sponsored my business class flights.
The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul sponsored my stay in Istanbul. Thank you to Star Alliance, Marriott Hotels, and Turkish Airlines for making this trip happen.
I personally paid for all food and attractions in this video, and decided what to do.
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Hey Mark i love your videos and because of you i want to go to istanbul. Could you please tell me which time you started your day in istanbul everyday? So its better to visit all the things in the morning maybe 7 or 8am or its better just before noon. Best regards
Turkey is the best place to visit with all the best foods, reach culture, hospitality, 5 star hotels, beautiful beaches, mountains, historic places, and museums. It is the most inexpensive country in Europe. You will love it...
Hello Mark. I wish next time, you tell us when you visited Turkey, like what year was it and how much was the fish meal. You forgot to tell us... thanks.. I love your videos.. and i love Turkey because of you... take care..Adam From Canada.
Been to all these areas in Turkey, stunning place and people. Love Turkey. Mark your wife looks so pretty in headscarf. Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, toppi koppi palace & islamic museum were mesmerising. Drank water from golden pavilion tap which is over 2000 years old.
hi mr mark wiens. . thank you so much for visiting pakistan with y
our.s family and friend. hope you guys had a gr8 experience over there. i'm the big fan of yours food traveling videos. ok im ms fouzia from malaysia . im pakistani living in malaysia. i have wish to meet you and your.s family in thailand . may it could be possible. it will be pleasure for me. thank
Τhe Turkish and Greek cuisine are very common. Last time I went to Istanbul I felt very common with the tastes, specially with the sweets. This kind of meat we call it "gyros". In Greece you can eat it in portion, or inside a "pita" with potatoes, tomato, onion, tzatziki and other dressings. Both countries like spice tastes.
+Ausgang yes is Greek town Turkish kill Greek konstantinopolites and now have Turkish monkeys people there all this coulture to see is for money this people is monkeys bastards not have sea and go to kill all Greeks from Asia today Turkey read history mother fuckers I bored
I am Turkish, I don't like Atatürk. But xenteco is wrog c1lling people ignorant or stupid if they want to go there. Atatürk is a problem for turkey and I agree with you saying that Turkey is getting ruined. A shame that Atatürk came on his darker side.. he would've been great if he didn't bring religion in politics, it is the worst thing anyone could do to his country. Most of the Turkish people are getting brainwashed by Atatürk. The press is getting censored, Atatürk has the power to take over any company in Turkey. Realmy a shame. Long live ERDOĞAN
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