We arrived in Istanbul on a lovely Friday morning.
Got out of the airport in a reasonable time and caught the shuttle bus from where I wrote a text message to the owner of the holiday house to let him know that we were coming.
It's the little house where I had stayed on my previous trips and I made an informal booking via WhatsApp like before, in February. Unfortunately he seems to have forgotten about me and rented it out to somebody else for an entire year!
After a short exchange in wich he tried to book me into a hotel he owns as well, we decided to just let it go and stay at the Grand Hotel de Londres like before.
I have been there many times and the receptionist greeted me like an old friend. He made the booking for a standard room but got us a really nice one with a view on the Golden Horn.
We just dropped our suitcases and were already out again to take a taxi to Santralistanbul.
This is definitely my favorite museum in Istanbul. I had been there before on my own and had had such a good time. I knew my boyfriend would enjoy it as well.
Again I was impressed by the size of those old machines that powered this electricity plant.
We go on high towers whenever we can because we aleays enjoy the view - and there's no better time than right before sunset.
To complete the list of different means of transportation for the day we took a dolmuş back to Taksim square and walked to the hotel. As every night the mussle sellers were making good business, even at 2:30 AM!