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Just got home

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Just got home

Hi all

Just arrived home from another great holiday in Turkey Istanbul/Icmeler

I wanted to put a note out in praise of the Albion Hotel. As you probably are aware i was put off by some negative reviews but i need not have been. The hotel althogh basic was very good indeed, the staff were very pleasant, the breakfast was traditional Turkish and the transfers were excellent. The reception could not do enough for us and booked us trips when ever we requested them. I think some peoples standards must be higher than mine (Or they just like to moan)

Highlights of the stay in Istanbul

1 Whirling Dervishes (wow!!)

2 Bosphorus Cruise (wow!!)

3 Hagia Sophia (wow!!)

4 Little Pancake shop in Sultanahmet (wow!!)

5 Evening meal on Galata Bridge wathcing the Oprah Winfrey Fireworks in the distance (wow!!)

Low points

8 Lira for a small beer in the pub at Gulhane (can't remember the English name of this rip off joint) They even tried to give me the wrong change (sorry just turned into one of those moaners for a second there)

Tram to taksim closed for refit

Thanks Turkey for a great holiday see you soon

Johnco

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1. Re: Just got home

The pub is called the north shield, it belongs to amissos hotel!

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emma

Thanks for that it was beginning to annoy me not remembering the name.

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Hi, this is not a problem, it happens to everybody

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johnco, glad you enjoyed your trip. What were the Oprah Winfrey Fireworks?

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johnco,I am glad you enjoyed your trip to Istanbul. if you are like a lot of people who go,you will be planning your next trip very soon!

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6. Re: Just got home

Great trip report. What is the Little Pancake Shop in Sultanahmet????

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cinti attorney

Whilst we were staying in Istanbul Oprah visited some of the major sights in Sultanahmet. She arrived on a very large cruise liner which docked not far from the Gallata Bridge. A concert was put on in her honour one night and there were fireworks afterwards.

These firworks looked particularly good as the lights of the Bosphorus Bridge were set as a backdrop. An amazing sight under a full moon.

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Busy retired

The shop i refer to is just up the street from the Sultanahmet Tram stop. The same side as the Bascilica Cistern as you walk away from it.

The Spinach filled pancakes (Ispanakli Gozleme) are great.

You sit on a stool no higher than 12 inches (bit of a struggle) and watch the world go by whilst also sipping Turkish Tea

Great time

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lovetravelus

I know i'll return.

We have done so 3 times already!!!

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Johnco, thanks for the Oprah Winfrey scoop. I had no idea that she was such a worldwide phenomenon.