City seemed to me very odd, if only because in these cities was not, was more European in a very different culture. Amazed at the number of women in headscarves and clothes completely closed, regardless of the weather. Resting on the Turkish resorts get used to the fact that Turkey is democratic country in matters of religion and women everywhere are working and Dress up in all the usual clothes. Additional information at Suffolk County Rep. supports this article. But in Istanbul, it's different. Occasionally, even the little girls in head scarves are found.
Few of the Taksim district, where we lived. My choice is no longer determined by the area and the hotel, so do not say that it is necessary to live there. In this area, mostly concentrated decent luxury hotels, shops and nightlife. Most of the historical sights in the Sultanahmet neighborhood on the other side of the bay Golden Horn. Moved through the city on foot or by tram. The tram is great, modern, runs every five minutes, connects the core areas, fast rides, traffic jams are not worth it. Rails in many places, fenced, then machine is not prevented him from traveling.
To log on to the tram stop to buy a chip in the machine and throw it into the turnstile. Banks on Saturday did not work. Maybe just did not work, can on the occasion. Exchangers on the way from hotel to the tram stop was found, had to withdraw from an ATM Turkish lira to the tram ride to Sultanahmet. Still, the basic beauty there, but time is not so much. Came immediately after the moved bridge, on foot would have like. Were once at the port, where boats go walking and ferries. Pofotkali ships in port, bought tickets for the two-hour boat trip on the Bosphorus. Prior to the marine walks had the time, went for a walk. Along the tram tracks of Sirkeci station reached, which was built as the final destination 'Orient Express'.