I’ll be honest.
I slept 7 hrs during the daytime instead of touring around. My mom was shocked! Ahahaha oh well jet lag is real. I’m not the type of person to walk around and tour. I just like easygoing, relaxed, eat delicious food type of person.
All this walking around in the humid heat and sun stresses me out!
But we woke up early and went to the Grand Bazzar. I took this photo on our way to the Bazzar.Our purpose was to exchange at a cheaper rate. I researched the cheapest rate for exchanging, and a lot of tourists recommended the Grand Bazaar.
Grand Bazzar is huge. Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos that I took but I recommend everyone to have google maps, if you ever want to go back home. It has 61 covered streets with over 4000 stores. And be prepared to be heckled. Everyone’s going to try to talk to you to sell you something.
We actually ended up bargaining a lot for really beautiful things. We bought shoes, Turkish tea cups, and cushion covers. The patterns and the prints of these products are absolutely beautiful. But I even though I bargained like my life depended on it(I’m a really cheap person!!), my mom and I still had no clue how much the items really costed.
These are photos of the teacups that we bought.Two teacups & one teacup plate costed us 60 liras.
Coming back, we passed by some beautiful streets.
We headed back to the hotel and I ended up sleeping 7 hrs and waking up at 9 p.m. that day.. oh well!!
We went to a restaurant that was near the Altari(?) bazaar and ate a variety of appetizers & a traditional dish which is chicken or beef or pork in the clay and is heated in the fire and when it’s ready, you crack the top and pour it on top of rice! I forgot the name of this cuisine, if someone knows please tell me. Thank you kindly.
And the waiter from this restaurant recommended us to go to Ortakoy and see the night view of the bridge. He also showed us how to buy the transportation card: Istanbulkart. Which costs 6 liras but the card was a little difficult for us to purchase through the machine. The Istanbulkart is 6 Turkish liras and you can use it on the metro, tram, and bus. But all of these public transportation ends at 12 am so keep that in mind. We ended up going to the last station of the tram 🚊 and couldn’t find the bus station so we ended up taking a cab which costed us 25 Turkish liras. Again, we had to bargain with the cabs.. a little frustrating but we still made it to Ortakoy. My mother always takes the best photos.
That’s the mosque and next to the mosque is the bridge. It’s right by the water but there was really nothing much to do. We ate gelato and walked around for a bit and bargained with a taxi AGAIN to go back to the hotel. Cost us 35 Turkish liras, but the cab driver put EDM music on blast and stopped short and raced so fast as if we were in a club or something. It was a fun ride.
And my mom was so tired she fell asleep immediately, and sucker me. I couldn’t go to sleep because I slept 7 hrs during the daytime. Haha.
Conclusion: Minnie is not fit to tour.
And FYI, after we left (of course), Turkish liras worth plunged to the bottom so when we were there 1 usd was 4.70 Turkish liras. But just a few days ago, it became the lowest it’s ever been, which was 1$= 6.92.
I heard 2 merchants in the Grand Bazzar committed suicide. Hope things get better there.