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Last night in Turkey. Had dinner at the bazaar; kofta, salads, dips and flat bread, ayran and Turkish tea. A dodgy dervish was dancing, but the music was good. Everyone sitting around taking water pipes of apple or tobacco. Still don't know how they work. A trip to the bazaar was fun.
Ended up flying to Istanbul, with some very excited co
passengers. First impression of Istanbul was the beautiful house lighting. Even
very humble apartment blocks, with lovely pendant, chandeliers or downlights. Windows
open, framed by ruffled sheer curtains. Very welcoming! Our very small guest
house overlooks the …
... we made our way to the Green Anka Hotel to start our contiki. Odu took us via ferry and tramway and it went very smooth, apart from him taking us to the grand anka instead of the green anka. Luckily they were on the same block. Either way the trip was easier than if we tried to do it ourselves. He got us a transport pass and showed us the way to use the transport. We checked in to the hotel, had a rest and then went down to get lunch. ...
Woke early and went down to breaks at 7.30, had breakfast and went on a walking tour at 8. Our group is small, about 13 in total. Our guide is nice, he is Turkish. Went to the main places like the palace, about 3 different mosques - they all start to look the same, and finished up at the spice markets. Went for coffee near the palace and shared the dips. The waiter gave us two ...
... surprised that we ended up on Istiklal street, but we still had a hard time finding the place because Turks seem to value discrete, barely perceptible signage. It's as if the place is so exclusive and upscale, they make it hard to find lest you stumble upon it unintentionally. But once we found it, we had another great dining experience. We were once again seated by the window and could see both old Istanbul and the modern parts of the city up the Bosphorus. ...