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... our fourth airline of the trip. And I have never been on three of them before - Egyptair, Aegean Airlines and now Turkish Airlines.
The real fun begins when we arrive in Istanbul, a city of 20 million people. The airport is packed with people coming in from all sorts of destinations. We need to go through passport control and end up in a queue reminiscent of a Disneyworld line. But there is no thrilling ride at the end - just ...
... I had for dinner. Ten points to Emily for that one. Her plan all along apparently ... And it worked a treat! Off and wandering to ASIA no less! Spectacular sunset behind the suspension bridge further along, and 2 mosques. Then seaplanes kept flying in... You really didn't know where to look. Took heaps of photos. Walked home about 8.30pm In bed now 10.30pm. Great evening. So much fun. Great location to sit and eat. Loved ...
... the palace is a similar amalgamation of Ottoman and Baroque architecture with those iznik tiles. The treasury and armory house armor and armory and jeweled artifacts. I went in these buildings just as the cruise ship crowds arrived, so I didn't spend too much time in there. The kitchens, you guys! Ten buildings where food was prepared for 4,000 people! Over 800 people worked in the kitchens. The sultan had extra special people ...
Day threeBegan the day with some yoga to stretch out after all the travelling. Then we went to find the hotel we had to meet the Fanatics tour for the next day. It wasn't far - about a five minute walk, in a sunny crisp (6 deg) morning. We decided to stay and have breakfast. Michelle had a very weak coffee that was contrasted well by the tea Tracy had that makes Yorkshire tea look like milk. We headed out to walk to the grand bazaar. Unfortunately while we were breakfasting ...
... where we tried the Kurdish specialities lamb with crackling cooked over coals in a big hole in the ground, and perde (a peppery rice pilaf with chicken, almonds and raisins cooked in a flaky pastry, sitting next to the old aqueduct. I really think our persistence and research paid off with our eating out in Istanbul and we were lucky to find some great places to eat. At some points Mikey thought he had died and gone to grilled meats heaven!
Our last night we had a few beers at ...