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... On the way we again traversed non-tourist districts, but this main roads containing shopping strips and better still, impromptu street-side markets selling really good quality goods. I was in my element. I felt like a pig in mud. We stopped to buy Turkish delight - this time we only paid local prices, 3 Turkish Lira (about AUD$1.50) as opposed to the 160 TL (AUD$80) we paid at the touristy Spice Bazaar. We sat and ate them for a while before heading on. When we got to ...
Today was a big tourist day - The intention was to end our pilgrimage with a mass (no. 9) at the Church of St Anthony of Padua, the main Catholic Cathedral - not many Christian churches in a 95% Muslim country. We had to walk to the are as the bus couldn't navigate the narrow cobbled streets. That was quite interesting as we passed the nightclub area and the artist's area. It was a bit weird having mass in a formal setting again, after some of the places we have been ...
Our second and last day in Istanbul was pretty empty since we did so much the day before. We walked through the Topkapi Palace and were done with our scheduled itinerary for the day. We got some grilled corn from a vendor that looked really good the day before, but it was really cold and we spent more time picking it out of our teeth than eating it. We decided we didn't want to just sit there the rest of the day so we booked a ...
We had a one-hour transit to the Doubletree Hotel on the Asian side of the Bosporus where we will be staying for three nights. There we met three more of our group: Arna and Marty, traveling companions from our trip to South Africa in 2010 and a new traveling companion, Richard from Atlanta.
The only activity this evening was a delightful dinner on our own at a ...
... a slight risk) and we took a quick train ride into Frankfurt for the afternoon. We strolled across an old bridge covered in colorful locks.....all engraved with names of couples in love! We looked hard for someone we knew but no luck! Enjoyed a great Pilsner and sausages by the riverside and then back to the airport to continue our journey. Arrival into Istanbul was 1:30 am and ...