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This trip was special, because my younger brother and his wife, Sue, joined my wife and I on this journey. The ship, the Marco Polo (Orient Lines), used to be owned by a Russian company when its name was the Alexandr Pushkin. It's a double-hulled ship that I later cruised on to Antarctica in January of 2005. The Marco Polo was retired from service …
AVOID THE IBIS HOTEL @ AIRPORT!!! We have to sleep there 'cause our flight but avoid if it's possible. Thanks to ATLASJET that change our flight (from nite flight to previuos) for only €2,5 each!
So after the whirlwind missions of getting everything done in time I finally made it to Istanbul; the place seemed pretty cool but I only had enough time to get to the shopping mall before crashing out. The following day I depart for the ship.
... that we did. Items from 900 BC through 1700 AD. There was a whole section of sarcophagi, which were intriguing. The ones from Egypt were huge and reminiscent of episodes of TV's Stargate. There was a large display detailing the development of Istanbul from its earliest days until now. A wide variety of artefacts from a number of cultures from this region, including Tyre and Sidon of Biblical fame. Dr Hamdi must have had not only the vision to ...
... Everything about the spice market was wonderful, the local women were out and about and I tried to fallow their lead on which shops to frequent. It took us close to two weeks to snack our way through our numerous purchases, and naturally when it comes to food there is not internal debate, my whole being is in agreement that there is nothing bad about sugar or salt. Perhaps this is more dangerous than my repressed impulse buying thoughts.
After our market exploits ...
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