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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
Baklava, Turkish delight, Adana kebab, fresh grilled trout, fresh tomatoes, yogurt, cheese, and did I mention baklava?
Let's just say we gained all the weight we had lost in Uganda back, and probably more. It didn't help that a lot of the meals included in our trip were buffets.
And for the record, I …
So in the matter of hours, we moved from a third world country (Uganda), to a developing country. And boy was there a difference. My first few hours of being in Istanbul resulted in reverse culture shock. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. It was almost like being back home as we drove along the highway from the large, clean, advanced airport.< …
... around 4 or 5 thousands stores that sell all sorts of souvenirs. As we walked around and found a few things we liked, Crystal, Emily, and I participated in the long-held tradition of the Grand Bazaar--haggling. It isn't always the easiest thing, especially for a woman, but we quickly got the hang of it. Some of the shop owners were a little...pushy, but most were pretty nice and gave us good prices once we talked them down. Crystal ...
... Bogazici Bridge to another continent: Asia. Sailing beneath this bridge would take you to The Black Sea but tonight we will head in the opposite direction.
Traffic is snarled and the streets teem with people, young and old, traditional and modern, conservative and not, all mixed together with, it seems, little regard or disregard for one another. Children smile and wave while old men smoke and young women shop.
Through new and ...
... wasting time with you.
We headed for the Blue Mosque first and they have signs directing the visitors plus pictures of acceptable and unacceptable dress for men and women - below knees and shoulders covered for both and hair covered for ladies. Derek, Ros and I were fine (Ros had leant me a scarf) but Jim and Amber had to have sarongs to cover their legs - which the mosque kindly supplied so no one needed to be excluded. We had to take our shoes off and they ...
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