Originally Posted by Star
Ive realised since posting this that the old city where the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Bazar are all on the southern part of the city across a major water way relative to Taksim. I am now almost thinking of staying around there???
How hard is it to travel across this body of water? Is there a train that goes over a bridge, or would I need to catch a ferry?
you can walk from taksim to the bazaar in less than an hour. you can cross the bridge on foot in about 5 minutes. that major water way is the goldne horn, veyr historically significant, but not such a big piece of water. there are at least 2 bridges that cross it in town. I am not sure what good hotels are in the old part of town - their is a new sheraton on that side of town, but it is actually farther away from things than the hotels in the center.
istanbul is a good walking city, there are also pretty good taxis, and there are water taxis and ferries that cross from europe to asia.