All posts tagged: walking tour

Perfect Spring Day in Ottawa

It’s about time I write a post about Ottawa, the place where I live now. Ottawa is great in the spring with lots of green spaces, great festivals and plenty of spots for outdoor activities. I decided to do a walking tour of the Byward Market and New Edinburgh and document my itinerary for anyone who may happen to be in the area and is looking for something to do. The walk is about 6.6 km and may take anywhere from three to five hours depending on your pace. Ottawa has some great museums and some are in walking distance from city centre. I started my walk at the National War Memorial, corner of Rideau and Elgin St. I walked over to the Rideau Canal and took this shot of the Rideau locks right next to the Parliament building.    I took the stairs down to the Rideau locks by Chateau Laurier. I have done this route many times but first time visitors can spend some time walking along the Ottawa river and visiting the …

Walking Tour of Istanbul

Istanbul is a beautiful city and a great time capsule. The city has been a cultural hub during the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. There’s a lot to see but here are my favourite spots and the best part is that they’re all within a thirty minute walk: Start your walk at the Grand Bazaar. Built in the 15th century, this is one of oldest malls in the world and has about 3000 shops. The bazaar is a maze and you could easily get lost but it was a lot of fun to wander around and see the jewellery, carpets, clothing, and art available. I did try to bargain for a carpet but walked away empty-handed because the price was still outside my comfort zone. The selection is overwhelming and the process can be a little intense. Walk east from the bazaar for about 10 minutes and you’ll arrive at the Basilica Cistern which once served as a water reservoir and filtration system for the city including Topkapi Palace. The cistern dates back to the 6th century and …