We stayed at the Ada Hotel n the Sultanahmet district. As we drove in I wondered about the obvious antiquity of the area and whether we had made a colossal mistake. How wrong I was. The area was enchanting. On our first afternoon, we walked two blocks up a hill and came out onto the Hippodrome and the Blue Mosque. I fell in love with the area and nothing occurred to change my mind. This was truly ancient Istanbul/ Constantinople. Everywhere you walked, and you could walk everywhere, you encountered historical sites. Plus the area had great restaurants and shops. The shop keepers were friendly and answered questions readily. We spoke only English but had no problems communicating. We were out into the evening hours and always felt safe, wherever we walked. What a great introduction to Turkey!
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