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... an enlightened government brought trams back and they are a huge success. Istanbul is very pedestrianised - hardly any cars and just the trams. Fantastic for tourists and locals alike and very quiet without cars.
After leaving our bags at the hotel just after six we had to fill in time before we could check in. Even though we weren't entitled to a breakfast this morning we were invited to go downstairs and have one - a lovely touch by the extremely helpful ...
... like a call and response. We visited the Blue Mosque, as it was the only mosque in all our travels that allowed us (non-believers) to enter. The kids were on best behavior (under threat of taking away their gadget time).
The following day we took the kids to the Rahmi M. Koc Museum of Transport, Industry and Communications. It was meant as a peace offering to the kids, but Alex enjoyed it the most – from the roomful of antique cars and shiny wooden ...
... did not do the typical BP and weight check preliminaries but I was impressed with the OBGYN. She seemed well qualified and I told her about my Turkish Carpet Shop comment. My PAP and mammo came out clean. I am good for another year. They promised to send a report by email in three days. When it showed up, the OBGYN had signed it with “From the Turkish Carpet Shop”
While I was working my way though my steps, Dave ...
... blue glass of the windows. Part of the tiles are being restored, and, in places, you can see the color difference. Visitors are not allowed to walk where people pray, so we had to stand at the back in a large crowd, but it was fine. Hanifi went to pray while we looked around. Finally, they closed it down for the next prayer time.
Our final stop was the site of the old Hippodrome, which could seat 100,000 people (which tells you the size of Byzantium during the old ...
Turkey is the first country I have been to where I have been sadder to leave than excited for the next, at least at the day of departure, and I only wish I had more time to explore more of the towns and various sites... such an excellent, excellent, excellent place. And yet time was a resource in which I find myself suddenly bankrupt, as on the 28th of August I had orchestrated the long distance reunion of a lifetime, and I wasn't apt to miss it. To Israel, then, to the ...
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