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Perhaps, we shouldn't have been surprised when the young man on the ferryboat coaxed his girlfriend into the centre of the deck, went down on one knee and pulled a ring out of his pocket. Because he had been very affectionate earlier on the cruise down the Bosphorus, but it's the first time ever I've witnessed a public proposal.
Luckily, she said yes, and there were claps and cheers all around. Although one woman, that Trish and I had taken a ...
... her head back to stare more after she passed. It's hard to know how to feel about it. It's kind of sad I think; that we were an unusual sight. Unusual because we obviously had free time, unusual because we used that time to read and write, unusual because we weren't covered up, and, most of all, unusual because we weren't accompanied by men. A young girl and her brother and sister, not more than 16 came over and very shyly (yet politely) asked ...
... located. When I say 3 section trip I mean that I had to buy a ticket for the metro to Taksim, then a ticket for the funicular railway to Karabas, then a ticket for a longish ride on a modern tram to Sultanahmet.
There and back cost me the princely sum of NZ$5.
I had spent the morning doing laundry so I didn't leave till midday, and as I was passing one of a dozen eateries on the road to the metro I spotted a small crowd lining up outside one place. That looks promising I thought, ...
... a nice two hour walk in Ephesus, a 2000 acres of extensive Greco-romana eras ruin. This ruin included row houses, theater, gymnasium, library, market even fancy Roman bath house with toilets carved out of stones. It was quite an advanced civilization. After a fantastic lunch under trees in a co-op where local people continue to make Turkish carpet the traditional way, we headed to the sea port city Kusadasi to board the Grand Circle small ship Artemis to start our Aegean Sea ...
... and his daughter had a volleyball tournament that evening, so Cem had to dine with us alone. We eat at Bebek Balikci, a high-end seafood restaurant in Bebek, and the food was outstanding. We had a great conversation with Cem and gained some interesting insights on Turkey as well as doing business in that part of the world. Fascinating.
On our last full day in Istanbul, we woke up to see the Celebrity Constellation docked in the bay right below our ...