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After delayed start and a long flt we finally made it to Turkey. Had some good turbulence during our meal that scared aome of the flight attendants. I've had worse. We blew the meal selection as when we bought our tickets they had meal selections and apparently they were for special diets and what we selected was not nearly as good as the rest of …
... we got a late flight to Munich, had a two hour layover and then flew to Istanbul, arriving around 4:00 pm.
We were driven into the city and dropped off at our hotel - the Hagia Sophia. It's in the old part of Istanbul, which is quite interesting. We were able to walk around a bit, but are saving the real tour for tomorrow.
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After leaving Monomvasia we had a good hours drive to Neapolis which is a port at the bottom of the Pelopanse. After spending one night here we caught a ferry across to the island of Kythera. We were pleasantly surprised with this place. We stayed in Kapsilla which is at the southern end of Kythera. There were more Byzantine castles and ruins to see. we explored these and also enjoyed the lovely beach and watching all the yachts come in in the evenings. ...
... Turkey is a secular country by constitution, and only about 7% of the people practice their Muslim faith regularly. Still, it is reported by our tour guide Oscar that on Fridays, the Blue Mosque is filled with people praying toward Mecca. Men and women pray in different sections of the mosque.
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... Bazaar where you can find pretty much everything, from clothes and shoes to electronics and videogames. The bargaining must be strong unless you want to pay a high price! It was strange but we saw a lot of Chileans in here, it was nice to hear Chilean voices.
After spending some time walking around and checking some prices we departed to the Suleymaniye Mosque, a huge and really nice mosque located in Sultanahmet. We were the last ones going in because it was ...
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