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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
We arrived in Istanbul at around 3 in the afternoon and were met at the airport by our tour guide, Cem (pronounced "Gem"). The airport is a short drive from the old part of Istanbul, south west along there Sea of Marmara. Our hotel is in the middle of the old district, very close to the Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, and various other famous " …
... four sides; there were chairs lined up facing over the balcony, but in each wall there were big old wooden doors with massive metal locks, lots of rust; I don’t know if it would have been residential or more shops, and now the only one opened was being used as the theatre office. Any windows had metal grilles on them and smeary old glass, there were vines growing around the balcony and roof-line. It rally was a treat to sit and chat for a while – and ...
... The flight was 2 hours and entry into Turkey required a $20 bill. The cash machine worked. A driver was not to be found among the sign wavers but one young guy said what my driver was his friend. Sure. But it was true. I was paired with Donna, also a Rick Stevers tour member we enjoyed a wild ride through Istanbul to the Azade Hotel. It has an amazing terrace up near the Haggia Sofia Mosque looking out over the Bosphorus with clear blue ...
... could see from reading your posts that you're ready too. Jess- were you able to get the monitor video? I can text it to you if you'll send your phone number. It's really thrilling. Love to all. And we're going yo find out if Tyler and Lindsey's baby is a boy or girl tomorrow AND its our 25th anniversary. Might be a day full if good stuff! Can't wait to see what tomorrow ...
I was too early for check-in at my hotel but was able to leave my bags while I grabbed some lunch. I checked in after lunch and found the hotel to be quite comfortable with modern features, though the rooms were not overly big. To tell the truth the Tucan Hotel may have been showing its age somewhat but it did have a certain charm about it.
I stowed my gear and decided that today I would go to see the Hagia Sophia ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service