Streets of the sunken city
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Pamukkale. Rain over Hierapolis Five o'clock in the morning. Even darker. My not yet had time to finally Wake up fellow travelers sleepily climb into the cabin of the bus.…

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Streets of the sunken city
Every schoolboy knows that Turkey is a five star Paradise for tourists-hour animation and a total anclosed. And this tourist stereotype somehow lost another face of Turkey – a fabulous…

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White city
For three thousand years of its existence, the Turkish Bodrum has witnessed the heyday and decline of many cultures, survived dozens of wars and earthquakes, on its territory were built…

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City of two hearts

If you had gone to Istanbul in the late 19th century, the Orient Express would have taken you all the way to the Golden horn Bay, which divides the city into two unequal parts. Then you would be taken by ship to that part of the Turkish capital, which is called Galata. And from the pier carried in a palanquin on the hill of Pera, to the destination of all passengers of this train – in the famous hotel “Pera Palace”. Who said that Istanbul is a city of contrasts? I do not know from what side the inventor of a banal stamp looked at the city. Constantinople deserves other definitions, and everyone has their own. So, a prolonged weekend or a stashed week, a plane ticket or a boat ticket. You will look for contrasts, and you will find a complete mix of styles and feelings. YOU IN ASIA What is interesting in Istanbul? He has two hearts — one in Europe, one in Asia. Two historically intertwined with religion. Two architectural styles – Western and Eastern. Two seas – marble and Black. Two ways of life – for larks and for owls. And the weekend in Istanbul can be planned in two scenarios: the first – expensive and stiff, the second – cheaper and easier. The difference will only be in the level of the hotel. Because all the other components of the journey – lunch in restaurants, moving around the city, sightseeing tram, walk on the Bosphorus – are the same, such is the equality of classes. Rich elderly tourists, as well as students, run through the streets with backpacks, several times a day running across the Golden horn. What’s the point of going to Istanbul if you don’t experience all its exoticism with your own shoes? If you have $150-200 a day for a room, settle on Pera hill. There are decent European hotels, and if you’re lucky, get a Suite overlooking the Bosphorus and will survey two parts of the world at the same time. And watch an endless cartoon in which ships and tankers day and night busily dangle back and forth as usual. And from the window of the hotel “Richmond”, which is adjacent to the Russian Embassy, you can watch the life of a cat family of seven people living among the antennas on the Embassy roof. Istanbul is a city where cats are worshipped. And this is a sign that good people live here. Pera is a very strongly Europeanized part of Istanbul, although in fact it is Asia. Crowds of tourists, otagawa required by the program mosques-palaces, filled with evening Avenue Istiqlal (our, catching the tune, called out “glass”). Europeans love Istanbul for the fact that the Euro is twice as “heavier” than at home. A two-kilometer pedestrian, where a Cabana is worn excursion tram “Taksim-tunnel” – is boutiques, restaurants and cafes, where everything is almost like in Europe, but much easier and cheaper. But the true essence of this prospectus, the Istiqlal (Independence, in our opinion), it appears closer to the evening, when all the yards, lanes covered by the tables. Wine-warmed tourists shift them as at a rural wedding, and regardless of the country of origin and age, German old men or students from Rome in the light of the illumination of the colored bulbs are talking “for life”. This is the peculiarity of Istanbul tourist – he has nothing to share, nothing to do, it is simple and easy. ACROSS the BAY IN EUROPE On the European side as well tonight. And for tourist impressions you need to move to Europe. It’s close. But first to deviate from the familiar to the Istiklal street, the music street, go to a cool and wet vintage subway Tunnel, which is 150 years. You can’t get lost – there’s only one stop, and the exit is near the Galata bridge. The Bay is like a wide city river with muddy water, where bread for lazy fish always swims. Important phishers time after time to catch pedestrians by the hooks and for some reason resent. Closer to shore the boys arrange a ride — jump from a high bridge (whether for coin, or “for interest”). On the Galata bridge, built in 1912 by the Germans, there is enough space for everyone, it is wide and quite long – almost 500 meters. Its predecessor, the first wooden walide bridge , was built in 1845. You can walk around Istanbul Europe for three days, with lunch breaks and visits to old coffee shops, where no one is in a hurry and you can sit for hours. Mandatory objects – Blue mosque, Hagia Sophia, Palace of Suleiman with turbe (tomb) Roxolana, Topkapi with its Treasury and the ancient reservoir of the Tank. And the Grand Bazaar — it’s still on the way, in the morning will pull in their corridors-boxes for two or three hours and leave in the antique ruins. The beginner will be surprised by the intelligence of the sellers. In one of the shops of Bukhara antiquities, the owner only greeted, and then plunged into the newspaper, giving the opportunity to eat with his eyes the mysterious patterns of suzani (ancient embroidery from Central Asia). It and is clear-buy infrequently. Every time ashen rug-polotenechko worth thousands of dollars. And here is a shop with a scattering of colorful tourmalines from Afghanistan. It seems that the old utensils, wedding decorations, carpets and embroidery from all over the East to the Market were carried by cars. There is no more majestic sight in Istanbul than Hagia Sophia, because it is not the architecture, but the time itself. Even the most inveterate cynics calm down and freeze before the Golden mosaics, which through all the obstacles found their way to the sun. Hagia Sophia will shake the scale, marble walls, here for some reason do not want to leave. And across the road is another miracle of the Byzantine era – an underground reservoir Erebatan, where drinking water came to the house of Constantinople. Long rows of slender columns (336), classical music, lighting, the mystery of dark water. And a flock of tourists at one of the columns. How’s Pavic? “This is Medusa, she can poison mournfully. Her eyes kill. When she looks at a man, she divides his life into happy and unhappy moments. Her right eye covers look all the troubles and misfortunes, and sees only the bad, but the left-only good. So the builders of Justinian put Medusa’s head sideways!”Ah, that’s the jellyfish! A terrible sight, and the most superstitious do not dare to be photographed with his Head in this mythical place…

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