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Arrived to heavy rain and very steamy temps. Peak hour traffic meant a 40 minute trip took about 60 but good views of the water, old town wall, fish market etc etc. public parks around the airport beautifully looked after with very simple plantings but in imaginative waves. Effect rather spoilt by some rather large camps of homeless people. After coffee in the lounge now we are settling into our room waiting for our bags to be delivered. Life is good at the Ritz Carlton, ...
... time (and lira) for the Yerebatan Sarayī (that's the Basilica Cistern for those without the benefit of Wikipedia to remind themselves of the proper name), where our observations of people photographing the most banal things imaginable continued.
Thereafter it was the hour of the Assembly of the Travellers, alias the nobly-titled Vodkatrain. Here we discovered that we numbered eleven, thus neatly unsuiting any ...
... is what they left behind.
Another display had clothing worn by some of the Sultans. Plus a display of relics from the 'prophets' including Moses' staff, David's sword, Mohammed's tunic and beard.
Some of the rooms were pretty awesome. The tiles and painting and workmanship of the inlaid wood etc was fantastic.
This opulent palace complex is the subject of more colourful stories than most of the world's royal residences put together. It was home to ...
... that they lock the floor after we leave instead of locking each room. We are waiting for dinner to be served. Let the fun begin! Dinner consisted of couscous, chicken kabobs, and fries with a side salad and a corn soup appetizer. The orange drink and ginger ale are really good. I also enjoyed the sparkling water. Most of our group is hanging out right now in a lounge on the fifth floor trying to contact friends and ...
... blue sea, homeward bound!
Thursday, September 26
Up and at ‘em at 5:15 a.m., quick taxi ride to the airport, checked in, and took the 3 hr 20 min flight from Istanbul to London. Chatted with a lovely EMR tech from England named Debbie who sat between Jim and I. Had 1 hr 40 min between flights so spent part of it in BA’s Club World Lounge. We traded in a whole whack of air miles to fly Business Class home. ...