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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 …
... it. In December of 537, the Great Church of Constantinople held its first service. The structure served as a church for nearly a millennium. For a thousand years it stood as the greatest dome in the world until the Renaissance, when Brunelleschi built his famous dome in Florence. The day the Ottomans captured Constantinople in 1453, Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque. Most of the functional elements that decorTed the church were ...
... and beyond was when we went to this restaurant for lunch, and the dessert they served the entire table had nuts, I told them no thank you because I was allergic to nuts and within five minutes they brought me a plate full of fruit just for me, which I was not expecting at all! So there was this huge contrast between the two settings.
The city was very busy! Both in Istanbul and Izmir. It reminded me a lot of DC! So ...
... waterfront and it is very pleasant. There were parks, play fields, soccer pitches. Several people could be seen fishing. Eventually we arrived at the Galata Bridge and walked across. Under the bridge there are numerous restaurants. On the far (new) side, Zelma enjoyed a fish sandwich cooked on a grill on the spot and likely just bought from the adjacent vendors. The first Galata bridge was built in 1845. For 85 years it was a toll bridge and the current bridge is the ...
Leaving the best until last, we visited the Dolmabahce Palace this morning as our last thing to see in Istanbul. It was the last palace of the Sultans built in the 1840-50s and is amazing in its opulence. It is like a time warp, as if the last Sultan had just moved out. Ataturk also lived there until his death in 1938. We got back to the hotel, had a quick freshen up and checked out to wait for our transfer to the airport.....to be ...
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