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After a 14 hour flight with Turkey airways which impressed us with their service food and etc, we landed in Istanbul.
Quickly figuring out the train and tram lines and system we headed towards the city center where we would meet our AirBnb host, Ozgur around 5pm.
Ozgur was a wonderful host for us, making us comfortable, helping us make our plans for the few 24h hours we had in Istanbul.
After unloading our suitcase and having ...
... fair. Luckily we didn't have too long to wait. We found the pickup very easily and were informed we had to wait for one more girl. That was fine as we needed a coffee by this stage and it worked out they we could use the internet as well to catch up on the NZ news. We didn't have long to wait and we off to our hotel. We met the girl we were waiting for, Renee. She was from Auckland but living in London. Lisa and her hit it off straight ...
... the West- very cool.
After that the palace went downhill a bit. We entered a room that was full of people.. but not much to see really. Still to this day can't tell you what we lined up for half an hour to see? But then a redeeming thing happened- we saw a guy actually reading from the Koran. That was incredible to see- it was like he was singing or chanting but actually he was just reading.
Sadly then the girls needed to go to ...
... forest behind the palace. No one ever lived in this building and in fact the kitchen in the basement was never used either, he would simply use it to rest and socialize before and after hunting. Our tour guide then mentioned to us that this was a perfect example of the greed that overtook the Ottoman Empire towards the end of its days because for the first 400+ years, all of the Sultans had just one palace and then all of the sudden they built several additional palaces. ...
... the bankruptcy of the State. We took a ferry trip to the largest of the Princes islands, and enjoyed the calm relaxed lifestyle of the locals. We visited the Spice Bazaar and braved the Grand Bazaar again, overwhelming but always an unforgettable experience. We had the conference dinner near the waters of the Bosphorus with a welcoming Turkish band . We finished the day ...