Landed in Istanbul, and had overheard a conversation that all transport was stopped for the riots, no taxis, trams. trains etc.. must have been a different topic, because we got a taxi pretty easily and skimmed along the Kennedy Cadassi for about 40 minutes until we got to Sultanahmet. Our hotel is in the Old Town of Sultanahmet, actually it turns out just a couple of streets from the Blue Mosque. I would unhesitatingly recommend this hotel, the Sari Konek www.istanbulhotelsarikonak.com . It has a lovely roof terrace where breakfast is taken and where the bar is open in the evening until late. And the staff are friendly and very helpful.
We dropped our bags and headed out. We are just behind the Arasta Market, a tiny version (1 street) of the Grand Bazaar, but with lovely shops selling carpets, kilims, pottery and ceramics, tiles, scarves, leather goods, all the things with which the shops around the Sultanahmet abound.
It was a lovely time of day to be out walking, after 6.30pm, the sun was high but not too hot and there were hordes of people in Sultanahmet park, the green space between Hagia Sofia and Sultan Ahmet Camii
We wandered this area, which was the Hippodrome of Septimus Severus, begin in 203, later remodelled by Constntine, and was used for chariot races for over 600 years. At the southern end are 3 columns
The Egyptian obelisk, erected in 390 BC by Theodosius the Great after having been bought from Thebes where it had been erected for Thutmose III (1549-1503BC). It was orignially 30m high but now is only 20.
We ate on a rooftop restaurant (the Seven Hills) which has a magnificent view over the city and the Golden Horn.