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... we slept well despite not arriving until 2:30am. We made it through the painfully slow customs and picked up the car just after midnight, to be informed our hotel was not one hour but 2 hours away and that the rental car was just about out of gas. We headed to a nearby gas station where we had a comical exchange about how much gas the car would hold and the attendant insisted that they did not take credit cards, despite a visible computer. As ...
... Sea. Really fascinating seeing all the various vessels that charge through the two sides of Istanbul - the European side and the Asian side. It is an international waterway but is under Turkish jurisdiction, so the vessels must follow the Turkish timetable etc. At prayer times there was a cacophony of singing that met us across the water from both sides. That was joined by the deep fog horn sounds from the huge tankers ...
... It's like there are umbrellas stashed in the corner and everyone goes to grab them as soon as there is a sprinkle.
After crossing the bridge and seeing a little bit of the other side of Istanbul, we crossed again to continue our walking path. As we crossed the bridge, one couldn't help but notice the huge crowds of people fishing over the side. We couldn't figure out what they were fishing for since all we saw was bait in their buckets ...
... headed back to Gate 7, our wallets were lighter and our tummies were rumbling! We had the hang of things now! We headed back to the hotel for dinner and headed up to shower and get some rest and exchange Bazaar stories! Now it is time to hit the sack! I am so excited to get in bed! Tomorrow should be another interesting day in this awesome country!
... of St. John at both Rhodes and Malta. It was Suleyman (Solomon) that kicked them out of their massive HQ at Rhodes (the knights' base for 2 centuries, after finally losing all of Jerusalem in the 1300's), just off the coast of Turkey (going there soon!) when they ended up moving to their HQ to Malta, where my fascination with the Order of St. John began. What a story! ...