We began our second full day in Istanbul the same as the last. We got up early and had breakfast in the gorgeous executive lounge where the Hilton provided an assortment of nuts and fruits, coffees, teas, cereals, eggs, quiche, everything. I grew very attached to the freshly pealed hazelnuts they put out every morning and would load them up over corn flakes and pour milk over it for one of the best breakfasts of all time. Hazelnuts are one of Turkey’s staples and they are so damn good!
Poor silly us, we booked a second tour the very next day after walking around the historic district for over 8 hours the first day! My original idea was to get all the tours done in the beginning so we’d know more about what we wanted to see on the second half of our time in Istanbul. This may have been a mistake as, by the end of the day, we were so exhausted we almost slept through dinner. We scheduled the number one rated tour on TripAdvisor called The Other Tour for day 9.
You can learn more about The Other Tour and their mission at their site: http://www.theothertour.com/ and read reviews on TripAdvisor. For my purposes, I will say that we were very excited to find something like this, as it gives a tourist a better glimpse of the culture of the city and its history as well as giving you tons of experiences you might have missed all wrapped up in a crazy 12 hour long extravaganza. We enjoyed it immensely and recommend it highly to anyone visiting Istanbul. Since our whole trip to Istanbul was to get a sense of the city, its culture, and history for the book I am writing, we couldn’t have been happier to go along for this ride.
This day was jam packed with information and experiences and I’d like to go into more detail on every one of them. So, I am going to list everything we did in order below and then I’ll do a post about each experience individually. I don’t want to leave anything out. So here goes: