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iPhone iBlog: Istanbul’s Cultural Treasures

If you cruise to Istanbul on Holland America Line, consider the line’s Taste of Istanbul: Cultural Treasures and Cuisine tour. It was excellent! The tour includes a visit to an award-winning restaurant, a traditional spice market, the Grand Bazaar, Beyoglu Market and Istanbul’s largest fish market. The Grand Bazaar has 4,000 shops and 22 entrances. Dating back to the 1500s, it is considered to be the oldest covered shopping mall in the world.

Wishing you smooth sailing in all your endeavors today.

The spice market.

The Grand Bazaar.

Olives aplenty at the spice market.

From left: Our guide in Istanbul, Hulya, with the Maitre D' of Kosebasi, an award- winning 5-star restaurant in Istanbul.

One of 22 entrances to the Grand Bazaar.

John Primeau is Holland America Line’s manager of international public relations. He is currently sailing on board Nieuw Amsterdam and will be sending in blog posts via his iPhone.

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