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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 …
... get into the spirit of their culture. I can only describe their culture as targeted guerrilla marketing. Our girls were called Madonnas that broke a restaurant owner's heart because we weren't hungry. Every shop we passed the merchants called out to us a greeting to get our attention and told us why we needed what they had, which they really didn't because cold bottled water was not to be found, and tap water shouldn't be consumed. People placed towels in the middle ...
How can you capture something so unbelievably grand in such a way that it leaves your audience with a vague semblance of what you might have experienced? I don't know the answer to this one, and I'm sure the pictures attached to this post immediately exposed my cluelessness! It's almost not worth taking pictures of the Blue Mosque - the sheer size of the building proves the limitation of the camera on ...
... any. They've adapted well. Turkish products all over. And Shawn loves the food. Amanda likes the food. They eat very healthy and fresh is the order of the day here. Even in the grocery stores the frozen food section is a meager case or two. There is too much fresh to bother with frozen, it just doesn't sell. I'm thinking about our frozen food sections and how I gravitate to them, hoarding food in our freezer so that I don't have to go to the dreaded store. Here it's a way ...
... Sara had been spruiking about for some time. In Sara’s opinion they served here the best chocolate brownie in the world. I did indulge in a brownie and it was very delicious, but I am a bit dubious on whether it was technically a brownie. I was quite content afterwards though and it may have been the reason I did manage a couple of hours of sleep before dinner.
At 8pm we all got together for our last group dinner. Although the tour ...
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- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
- Business Services
- Free parking