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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 …
... seas and the rest of Istanbul. You can see some of the pictures. My friends and I were able to enjoy a chocolate cake and hot tea with an amazing view over the sea. There are so many pictures so take a look! After that we went to a square were we where able to set up and sing an impromptu performance. We sang Uskudar, Entarisi ala benziyor, Yerakina, and I Got a Robe. This concert was so much fun. We sang in an amphitheater and at ...
... Bosphorus.... passing the palaces, forts, mosques. The oh so busy shipping lane. Pretty strategic waterway. Lunch stop is at Anadolu Kavagi on the Asian side. The restaurant guys live up to their reputation as pushy - almost desperate, as the number of tourists dwindle.
We have a quick meze session before making the short climb up to the Roman ruins of Yoros Castle. The castle ruins ...
... are like us doing the straight 8 days, others stop off at the coast, do a cruise around the Aegean, pick up the next week’s tour back to Istanbul, and I thing others still are on an 11 day tour which joins this one part way. It all sounds very Mickey Mouse to me and Yusuf is definitely going to earn his keep piecing it together. Also, some of our group will fly to Cappadocia on Sunday rather than do the all-day drive.
Yusuf is an archaeologist ...
... like the Haghia Sofia, was originally a chora church, then a Mosque, and now a museum. The byzantine mosaics are considered to be some of the finest in the world. The church dates back to the 12 century and became a mosque in the 16th century. It became a museum in the 1940's. For lunch we headed down to the Golden Horn, a waterway that is an offshoot of the Bosphorus. We went down under the Galata Bridge to the lower ...
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