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First off, Istanbul is an extremely busy Tourist Hot Spot. Last year almost 4.5 million people visited. Up 15% from the previous year. Hoards of people everywhere standing in line waiting to see what you want to see, walking the streets, sitting in the parks, everywhere. Sometimes it looks like people are being herded like cattle with little flags …
My introduction to Istanbul was a tiny glass of hot "apple spice tea". For more than a year, I had researched and planned my great escape. Istanbul was on a little piece of paper that was pulled from a paper bag where I had placed other "Bucket List" destinations like Spain, Morocco, Israel, Rome and Greece. I then mapped out other close-by places …
Hasn't been strained today. While its been muggy theres been no precipitation in sharp contrast to yesterday when we arrived in Istanbul the heavens opened. Fortunately we'd already arrived at our hotel and were waiting to check in as we watched the rain teeming down.
Our last day in Bulgaria was a lovely in lengthy one. We left our bags at …
Flew from Frankfurt through Amsterdam, then on the Istanbul, Turkey. Arrived in IST at 3am. on Friday morning. Had an AMAZING time and left on Sunday afternoon.
... walked a bit further and found a roof top pub to have dinner at and then we headed home for some peace and quiet in our new apartment. We are both very happy to have a place to home, at least for one week.
September 13, 2013
We may or may not have gotten a little over excited about the beer/wine last night. Today we definitely took advantage of having a home. We watched TV all day long. As we were getting into bed ...
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After arriving around 11:45 pm, I was greeted warmly by Murat. I sat my bags down and he invited me to go out and have some "Hot" Apple Tea. I sat out on front of the HOtel and took in the sights. After my Tea, I went back in and finished up my check in process. After 9 hours in flights with a 4 hour lay-over, I was really tired and wanted a bath more than anything. I was taken to my room and boy what a room it was. I thought that I was in Heaven. I had booked a single room with shower but I was upgraded to a double with a bathtub/shower combination. The tub itself had 9 pulsating jets. I couldn't get out of my travel cloths fast enough. The room was well appointed. The room faced the cobblestone street overlooking the Ozare resturant. It had a large flat panel TV, (though everthing was in Turkish), large closet with an extra comforter. Small round table with two chairs and a large Cheval Mirrow in the corner. Small frig. The bed was nice and comfy with side tables and overhead lamps to read by. I liked it because when you got off the elevator, the lights in the hallway light up so you can find your way. I was told by Murat that there would be an "all you can eat" buffet breakfast starting at 7am in the morning. After a good night sleep, I arrived at the Buffet and WOW what a spread it was. Fresh fruits and all kinds of vegatable, several kinds of fresh baked breads, cold cuts, scrambled eggs. This was "Buffet" at it finest. Oh by the way, they do have fresh perked real coffee but you have to be there right at 7 or else it is instant Nescafe and we all know how that taste. I enjoyed my stay so much that I booked an additional night. All of the staff that I dealt with were accomadating. (They even went looking for a glass of wine for me after the Bar had closed down). That was a nice touch. They do have an area opposite the reception desk where you can lock away your valuables. They also have a resturant where you can order off the menu during the day and evening. I had the Grilled Chicken once and it was delicious. I can't wait to go back again. Really can't wait to go back. By the way, they do have a "Trip Advisor" recommendation behind the desk for all to see.
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