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... our 4 ½ hour flight to Istanbul. We were happy to be flying Etihad which meant a great movie selection. Aware of the potential for another wave of panic if given too much time to think about what lay below our general flight path, I dove into a movie and got completely transported.
We landed in Istanbul around 1:30 only to see almost everyone in puffy jackets, we arrived in short sleeves. We got in a cab and made our way through the thickest traffic ...
... and after a minute or so, normal life resumed and I sat down. A kind man who was sitting nearby, said, 'You don't know what all that was about, do you?' He pointed to the front page of the newspaper and said that it was Remembrance Day for Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic and its first President who devoted his life to domestic and international peace. Half of the men who died at Gallipoli were Turkish ...
... enough to leave them in place.
Since we had a little extra time on our hands, our tour guide suggested a few alternative tourist attractions we might want to visit before returning to our apartment. We decided to go see a rug merchant and learn about the Turkish carpet making process. We saw a seamstress delicately and painstakingly tie off and cut individual strands on a small carpet. The merchant's representative, who spoke with a flawless ...
... in one usually feels like sitting in an oven because of all the heat put off by the rotisseries. But I've never seen one quite like Konak before, with four levels of dining areas complete with a rooftop patio, all wonderfully airy and with views of people strolling below. The chandeliers, banquettes, and wallpaper ... it looked more like something you'd find in a fine cafe on the Champs-Elysees, than something you would ever expect to see as a kebab ...
... it would be closed. I
think Dad was amazed at the amount of carpet shops in the Bazaar! Dad bought me
a nice silver necklace of the Turkish flag; I’ve wanted one for a while.
The next day we went on the Bosphorus boat tour in the
morning, I was so exhausted from the day before that I kept drifting off inside
the boat while Dad was taking lots of photos outside. The tour was 2 and a half
hours and I was glad to have a ...