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Author: Alun Davies

It’s the morning after the night before in Istanbul, the sun is rising over the Golden Horn and Blue Mosque and I’ll be setting off soon for a hike around the old town. Last night was a great laugh as we hit the kebab restaurants in Taksim Square and then on to a bar called 360.

I mention the bar as it’s in such a spectacular location up on the top floor of a block of old apartments in the hill overlooking the old town. The view out of the windows over the sights of the old town is simply stunning and I’d recommend anyone visiting Istanbul to pop in for at least one pint, or ten if you want to follow in our footsteps.

First observations – the traffic here is manic and the taxi drivers are kamikaze, a bloody good reason to have more than one nerve calming pint before the lift home. On the bike side I’ve been surprised by the lack of them, or maybe they’ve just all been wiped out by crazy taxi drivers. From what I have seen; Harley’s have been the most popular bike machines though I did come across a couple of Honda African twins, a 650 Suzuki V Strom and had a chat with a Turkish guy on a GS 1200 who was big into touring and heading over to Italy with a mate on a Transalp next week.


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