Immigration didn’t take much time and as soon as I reached the baggage counter I saw my bag coming out of the belt, nice experience.
Directly out of the airport and got the european feel which I was expecting, when the breeze hit me (refreshing).
The most striking bit was how the city was made , the road network isn’t even, different roads are at different heights from sea level. Imagine driving uphill/downhill on
a bike at 45 degree angles and try reverse parking in a manual transmission at the same angle.
Random Thought Here:Turks have great dress sense ( which was going to get a serious beating, stay tuned for a later post to get more on that)
1st day hotel was in in Nis(h)antas(h)i which is a posh area full of cafes ,although good in decor, had a slight problem in the shower. I couldn’t get the shower head to work and the tap below the shower gave out brown water, thankfully my stay in that hotel was just for one night. I went out to Cities shopping mall that day to find some interesting brands that were completely new for me, from what I remember there were seven levels in the mall but each level was compact.Didn’t have lunch there but headed out in search of Armani Cafe which was supposed to be in the same location of course had to ask many people to reach there (whoever said a man never asks for directions was so wrong), did arrive at a restaurant which I thought
was Armani Cafe, went in but the waiter verified that it was not Armani Cafe, although it was quite prestigious ,the food wasn’t something worth remembering as is the case with most high class restaurants and after dinner did what became a hobby of mine in Istanbul, getting lost.
If it wasn’t for Mr.Onur of Artpoint (who let his toddler and wife go away without him and offered me to drop to the hotel ) my first night in Istanbul wouldn’t have been pretty.
Reached the hotel and saw some tv but all channels were turkish, so decided to sleep.
End of Day 1