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Saturday May 4 Day 2 Arrive Istanbul
We land in Istanbul after 12 hours. It is now Saturday 4:30 pm. Back in SF it's Friday 6:30 AM. We all exit the plane's stairway since it appears there's no gate available. A crowded bus takes us the short way to the terminal where we enter our first queue. This one is to buy a visa. The next one is …
... treasury, the library, and the mint, were retained in the Topkapı Palace.Following the end of the Ottoman Empire in 1923, Topkapı Palace was transformed by a government decree dated April 3, 1924, into a museum of the imperial era. The Topkapı Palace Museum ...
My tour was very fortunate as we had a very good tour guide named Ali. He was brilliant. He had incredible knowledge and delivered it with clarity and good humour. All guides in Turkey have to do a university course, tour every major site within Turkey to be fully conversant with the sites and history of Turkey before they can become a guide. He admitted that he was only 30 years old, however had been a gude for 10 years. ...
... we got to the end of the route, and onto the Courtyard of the Favorites, the weather had turned and we were looking at gray weather again.
With our visit to the Harem over, we concluded what was so vivid in our memories must have been Aya Sophia and not Topkapi.
Alaturka and then Home
We got to Alaturka hotel to get our left luggage and Je-Li, the manager ,remembered us immediately, even though it ...
... no tea!), and caught up on where each of us had been since our last meeting. We now have plans for meeting in Hong Kong for dim sum once we get there. It will be lovely to have a familiar face again!
5. Dinner with Gizem-- went to a restaurant down along the Bosphorus that we would NEVER have found on our own. We got out of the taxi in the middle of what felt like NOWHERE (which is **********e of the world's largest cities), walked over a pile of ...