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... free entrance). I checked in with Kahraman again, as I always do when near the Blue Mosque, and even ran into Murat! I am rather amused by how many people know me just by passing by on the street in this city, and it's starting to feel like another home. In fact, this feeling only continued when we went to dinner.
Our group was rather hungry, and Henry had suggested we return to a restaurant he and I had eaten at the previous day. Their ...
... a big bun with grilled onion and lettuce. Incredibly popular with mostly locals and in 3 "restaurants on the waters edge - the cooking is on these quaint boats. We went to an "ottoman" restaurant Pasadaze last night with very good food and our first Turkish Red - not bad at all. We have been twice to a sweet shop Hafiz Mustafa with superb treats - fat tummies coming up!
We head in half and hour to get the car and hit the roads; that will be ...
... various guests of different nationalities, all to 'watch the luna eclipse'. Suddenly, the beers are out, someone's got Coldplay blasting from their iPhone and we've got ourselves a party. The luna eclipse fails to materialise, bar a small black smudge in the top left corner of the moon (we think - the veranda contingent is divided on this one). But we're all friends for life, email addresses furiously exchanged, group photo, the lot - bonded forever by this experience in ...
... the shuttle collected us for the nightbus. We certainly had our share of xmas anxiety, being barely informed what to expect on that journey - no bathrooms on board, cramped leg room, transfers to other busses (one shuttle bus in the early morning didn't even have enough seats for us). We also didn't know what time would we arrive or whether we would have a chance to freshen up before our day tour started. What a way to end Christmas!
... We went back to our hotel to rest for an hour or so and then left to get some food. We split a doner kebab wrap and some fresh pomegranate juice (we were lucky to be here during pomegranate season!). When we got back to the hotel there was a bottle of champagne and some snacks waiting for us (sneaky Walter), so we drank some of that and watched an episode of Anthony Bourdain in Istanbul. It was a great day!
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