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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
We arrived in Istanbul this morning...what a beautiful city! We are staying at the Divan which is a fabulous hotel located in Taksim Square. Istanbul is a city of 15 million people most of which are under 34 yrs old. It is the only city in the world that is located on 2 continents, both Europe and Asia however the city is separated by the Bosphorus River which runs between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea. Our first day we just walked around and got oriented then took the funicular down ...
... and it got very tight for getting the train (well, rail replacement bus), meaning that I had no chance to get any supplies, other than a hastily grabbed litre of water. This wasn't ideal, as I knew that there was to be no food available on the train and it wouldn't arrive into Bucharest until the following evening. I did just about make the bus though and we set off on the short journey towards Cerkezoy and I promptly fell asleep.
When we arrived at ...
... br> Malta (see my blog) is also where the end of the Crusades is recognized, when Suleyman finally gave up on taking Malta, making the Knights victorious, as well as, supposedly, Christianity. Though few knights were still alive and they barely won that famous battle, that was the end of it for the large Christian armies of Europe fighting the Muslim armies of the Ottomans (and ...
... shops still open at 10pm and then headed back for a restful nights sleep. We hadn't had one of those in some time. Tomorrow we board the ship. Our train adventure has come to an end.
I apologize for not posting more pictures but the wifi is not always available so I write the blog offline and send it when I can get back online. Pictures take a while to download from the camera to the iPad and then upload again to the blog. I will catch up on them when ...
... have to change my Euros for Dirhams (I held out and it worked....amazing) The flight to Istanbul was a lot shorter although still not great as the people in front insisted on putting their seats back for the whole time....thanks.
We waited a while at Istanbul airport for our bags (Aranaea won the baggage race, probably only Chris Le will know what this means) then got our transfer to the hotel. Our hotel is in Sultanahment which is the old district of ...
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Fitness/Health center