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We made the sensible choice to leave the truck in Tekirdag and take the bus (2 hours)to Istanbul, spend the night there and come back the following day. Turkey's public transport system is one of the best in Europe and we enjoyed a relaxed ride (free tea and coffee included). It was my third time in Istanbul (first for Robert and the boys) and it …
I stayed in bed as late as I possibly could this morning, only dragging myself out when I realized that it was almost time for breakfast service to end. First stop was the front desk, where I was informed that the hotel had overbooked, and my group would have to move to another hotel. I wanted to throw a hissy fit right then and there, but one of …
... outage. I did not see any buildings there that looked like they were built in my lifetime. Everything was Soviet, and nearly everything was in a state of collapse. I saw huge old half-toppled apartment blocks inhabited by just one desperate family and their animals. I saw cows being herded up concrete stairs to the eighth floor just block away from the main square. Everything in the country seemed to be broken.
... prices from one vendor/shop can vary by several lira. I noticed that the small shops along the side streets often sell the same items way less than on the main street where all the tourist are. Example: little ceramic bowl I was able to pick up for 1 lira when the same little bowl went for 3.5 lira in the store along the main Caddessi. I recommend buying your little souvenirs at the little side places if you have several people to buy for. A note about the ceramics: I was ...
... and as we seem to have left the tourist zone, they are all packed with locals. Our shoppers eventually appear and we enjoy an excellent kebab lunch.
“You know, I don’t recall a single meal in Turkey that wasn’t delicious” remarks Miryam.
We now immerse ourselves the narrow lanes surrounding the bazaar. The Uzun Çarşi Market Street is packed with ...
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