Back to Istanbul!

I finally made it to Istanbul again. Well, I guess I first had to get into holiday mood... Because today I was my usual efficient self...

I visited all the must-see places for dancers.... Gran Basar, Spice Basar, Istiklal Caddesi (incl. SIM Moda Evi) and Bella. Besides this I went a little shopping. And by 4 PM I was back in the hotel!

Well, I have to say that I saved a lot of time because I am not really in the mood for costume shopping. I don’t have a regular dance gig right now, so all those lovely costumes that I have already are more than enough for the occasional birthday or wedding.

But I plan to do the Gran Basar more systematically. Like, for a whole day...

This time I am trying out new hotels. I booked one over the Internet for 2 nights. It’s nice and friendly and has a roof terrace with a breathtaking view. We’re talking about eating breakfast with the Blue Mosque to your left and the Hagia Sofia to your left!


Unfortunately the Sultanahmet region is quite expensive.

And really, my favourite place to be here is the Galata-side around Istiklal. So I got myself another hotel there that is cheaper but nicer. And more convenient for my nightly Tango excursions!
OK, I need dinner now...