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What a terrible night, at 2.30am we got up to close the windows and skylights because if the noise. Somewhere close by us a puppy was whining and crying, this seems to have brought all the local dogs around who have been barking near to us for at least an hour! Logan other than pacing up and down and an occasional whimper was very quiet, we're so glad we don't have a barker. Looking out of the window I could see at least 5dogs wandering around, also the hand car ...
... we didn't have one and no money for one either. I had to sprint to the nearest ATM with an english option and back while Marc waited with the bags...luckily they let me get in to Turkey without a visa to do that. Another Amazing Race moment for Marc and I.
Thankfully Turkey grew on me. After a grumpy first day where we explored Aya Sofya and the attached tombs (neither of which really piqued my interest); the Grand Bazaar which was full of ...
... and Turkish delight of all flavours and colours. I think there must have been an electricity cut when we were there as only some of the shops had lighting. We walked on past the Lisesi building created by French architect Valleury a beautiful building built in the Ottaman style. Then we popped into the tomb and cemetery of Mahmoud II and walked around the courtyard that served as a graveyard of statesmen, poets and authors. The gravestones were quite beautiful and in ...
... calculated that we would have two hours to pack and shower and get ready to leave for the airport once we arrived back to the hotel…and then we got a flat tire. We all hopped out of the car and stood on the side of the rode as we watched our driver change the flat with the help of a gracious local who stopped to help.
Back at the hotel we rushed to pack, I took a quick nap, and we were off! We arrived at the airport, checked in, and went through security in the nick ...
Flights were on time and we arrived about 3:40PM Istanbul time to find sun, wind , cool temperatures (low 50s) and literally tens of thousands of tulips in bloom around the roadside. They have planted picturesque flower beds of tulips, petunias and other vibrant colored flowers all along the major roadway from the airport to the city. We pre-arranged for an airport- to-hotel ...