It had been 12 months since our last visit and our first stop was the hotel.. a humble little boutique Hotel, just off the main shopping street of Istikal Caddessi. We chose it because we have grown to love this part of the city.. I love the call of the street vendors as they push their cars down our narrow street, the sight of the older men gathered in the doorways of small shops and cafes sipping their coffee.. and the footsteps of so many people going about their business down below our window. On that point Istanbul is open for business people; p
rior to our arrival we had heard so much about the risks of travelling to Turkey... and their is little doubt the negative publicity is affecting the number of tourists visiting Istanbul. Nevertheless we always felt safe and it was sad to see the toll this was having on some businesses with which we were familiar, and the Grand Bazaar was the quietest we had ever seen it.. But this too will change.. the local people know this and go about their business accordingly, doing the best they can until the winds blow once more in their favour.