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... and art galleries. It even proudly hosted the first official NBA store to be launched outside of North America.
As it turned out, we were there on a national holiday and the streets were jammed with people....and I mean shoulder to shoulder. The crowd consisted of families with little children, couples in western dress, couples in traditional Muslim dress, nuns, young women smartly dressed in stylish garb.....essentially a cross section of Istanbul with an ...
... a friendly local we took care of this and then set our sights on some sights to see (see what I did there).
Our initial meandering took us past the Topkapi Palace and Archaeology museum which after reading the reviews and for the price we decided to give a miss.
Picking up a grilled corn from a street vendor we continued our dawdle towards the Grand Bazaar which is one of Istanbul's main attractions. Our first impressions were that of surprise with the bazaar ...
... was sticking out into the water.
Arriving back in the city, we asked to tour Taksim Square, where the riots broke out last year (more about the political situation in a later blog entry). We also walked down the main street in this area then took the funicular back down to the coast where our car was waiting. A very fun day!
Tomorrow, we leave the hotel at 5:15 am to catch an early morning flight to Cappadocia!
... was like a Disneyland ride, with at least a dozen line switchbacks. The airport was abuzz with people and activities, and there were dozens of planes arriving from China, Africa, Russia, India, etc. As such, the line was full of lots and lots of tired, smelly people, some of whom had eye-watering body odor. Truly. At various times we'd hit a pocket of smell that was so bad, we'd have to move or adjust, hoping to ...
... to Africa wıth me. I weıghed my cases several tımes (shall we say?!) and they were still over 42kgs...in fact they were more like 47....oops!!! But they let me put them through....I breathed a huge sıgh of relıef...but I do wonder ıf the same wıll happen when I check back ın at Istanbul tomorrow for my onward journey???
The flıght was delayed by just over an hour, but it wasn't ...