Landing past midnight

I opted to take the last flight out at the best rate out of Antalya to the tune of  119TL. Flight time was 75 minutes. Took the first taxi outside arrivals to the hotel, train lines could of have been running but I was more interested in getting some sleep asap before the busy day laying ahead. Taxi charges were 40 TL. (Train map and times are added at the bottom of post.)

Istanbul is a big old city with so much of amazing history and sights to see.

The Hotel


The 5 star Crown Plaza Old City is situated in the main road of Ordu Cd where the tram lines run.


The IHG Platinum dedicated check-in counter is adjoined and red carpeted.

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Above: Pictures of a standard room. My upgrade to a suite wasn’t available until after 7am due to my midnight arrival booking mis-hap.

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View from the room.

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The lobby’s in the hotel are really something else.

The Club Lounge

Standard room + IHG Platinum card = free Club lounge access for all day eats, drinks and snacks.

As I Mentioned in previous trips, you could live out of a club lounge and not spend any money on food and drinks during your tour.



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The Club Lounge also offered a A la carte breakfast option.

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The Club Lounge service and food was of the best I’ve ever seen and tasted.











The spa has a luminous blue heated pool.

























































Traditional Turkish Bath, locally called Hamam. Hamam is tamam.

Out and about in the city


There is a Double Tree Hilton directly opposite the Crowne Plaza in the main road, both within walking distances of Istanbul’s main attractions.

The bulk of the world famous brands of hotel’s lies in a distance across Bosphorus River.


One of the many side streets filed with designer branded goods.

























The Grand Bazaar has been around for more than 550 years, it covers 60 blocks, and has over 5,000 shops. On a daily basis it attracts somewhere between 250,000 to 400,000 visitors. Its filled with heads moving everywhere you look. Getting lost inside here is a normality.

























Some sort of a local delicacy?
























Spanish vs Iranian saffron ?


Back in time feeling


At the Blue Mosque


Turkeys most famous sight and attraction


Haga Sophia

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Umbrellas can be picked up on the streets from kids selling for 7TL


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Ample directions





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The entrance to Topkapi Palace

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Tip: Ticket vending machine is heaps quicker than the long lines












































The Swords

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Bows and swords of Prophet Muhammed ( May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him)

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On the left: Swords of Abu Bakr (R.A) and Umar (R.A)

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Swords of companions: Saif ul Saifu Allah on right. The sword of the sword of Allah – Khalid bin Al-Waleed (R.A)

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Swords of Companions

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The Staff of Prophet Moses (Peace be Upon Him)

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Sword of Prophet David (Peace be Upon Him)

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On the right: sword of Ali bin Abu Talib (R.A)

Other Relics

Topkapi Palace houses a huge amount of relics of Egyptian, Arabian, Greek, Trojan, Messapotanian and just about every old culture.

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Mummy of Sidonian King Tabnit – 2500 years old

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That could be Cleopatra’s milk bath tub just scattered on the grounds.


Ottomon style reminiscences to the influence of the Rawda in Madinah


Attention to detail, carved out of stone



Times of the trains in the metro

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Blue Mosque courtyard


Aksaray Metro Station charges just 3TL direct to the Airport


Travel Tip: Complimentary hotel airport shuttles can save you money to and fro


Could of have been routed to Los Angels to Accra to Johannesburg for free with Star Alliance Miles


































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