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... to catch up on that. I'd asked Martina the day before what the chances were of us being included and there was no problem as the boat is entirely for us and had heaps of room.
So up and at it again bright and early and on the bus for 7.30am and off we went cruising. So glad we did this - it was an absolute peach of a day and the views on the water were fantastic. As usual I went a bit crazy taking pics but we definitely got some good ...
Cold, wet, windy. Population 18 million, with 8 million cars all on the road at the same time.
We are staying in a new hotel in the new part of the New Town area of Istanbul. It's all relative, the area is about 600 yrs old. This area is not yet geared up for tourists, so little English is spoken. Umbrella sellers have popped up everywhere, they don't need much language.
The bad weather has kept most of the street sellers indoors, so ...
... we saw in the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market were so vivid and matched the buzzing feel of the city which is supposedly home to 14 million people (or 18 or 25, depending on who we asked!)
A highlight of Istanbul for me was wandering the 'Egyptian' Spice Market and getting ushered into stall after stall to try the varying sweets and dried fruits on offer... my favourites of which were the fresh dates, double roasted almonds and soft figs stuffed ...
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... was a long queue of vehicles, three lanes, none moving. In the end, I walked up to one of the booths and could clearly see from the computer screens that their whole system had crashed! We waited...and waited....and waited....and finally the computers were up and running again. Rather than staying patiently in the queue and letting the poor customs guy deal with one car at a time, all the occupants of all the cars made a mass scramble to all ...