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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 " …
... lovely. Our waiter could tell we were puzzled on what to get so he recommended various traditional dishes which we picked Kurdish Musakka (beef) and Helap Kavurma (chicken). Whilst we were waiting we were given complimentary Turkish bread with dip (veggies, hommas and spices) which was delicious and spicy. Soon after our meals came out and wow they looked amazing, our plates had slices of carrots, zucchini, broccoli, rice and mashed potato which we added our Kurdish Musakka ...
... was sceptical as to how it would taste, but one sip and he was sold. He says Narelle corrupted me and I've now corrupted him – I can hear you chuckling Narelle!
A very pleasant morning followed as passed through the strait at times close enough to touch. I spent much time catching up on my writing and uploading photos off the camera. We are approaching Istanbul as I type – the glittering lights beckoning. We will be going ashore on a tour – probably ...
... circle route in the end, as after awhile the sun and the wind were starting to get a little bit too much for both of us. When we jumped off the boat, it set us down at a different spot than when we jumped on, but not by far. At the pier was a little fish shack selling fresh fish kebabs which they called 'fish kebobs - get it? Like Shishkebob, but with a fish:) Sarah had heard all about these while doing research before coming on the trip- and so it was ...
... some more time on the Asian side of the city, before coming back to spend my final afternoon in the old city. This last night I wanted to join in on the Iftar, the breaking of fast after Ramadan. I did so in a nice restaurant right on the old city’s main square, between the prayer calls of the Blue mosque and the Ayasofya. It cost me a bit more than I would have spent in my right mind, but a couple of days ago I decided that for the duration of my ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service