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A massive outline of sprawling buildings appeared on the horizon...Istanbul and 17 million inhabitants were a mere 30 minutes away! As we entered the harbour from the Sea of Marmara, the Blue Mosque stood prominent on the north shore. Ferries, tour boats and various types of cargo vessels busily streamed across the Golden Horn moving their precious goods from East to West and West to East. The harbour was a bee-hive of activity!
On our way into the harbour, Tom, the ...
Shortly before 5:00am the plane touched down at our stopover destination, Changi Airport. After departing from the plane the airport is eerily quiet, being one of the world's largest airports seeing a few people moving to and from terminals is strange, many people are sleeping waiting for their planes. Again I had a ...
... are a maze of tiny streets filled with tourists and locals alike, all with touts trying to relieve us of our hard earned cash while blowing smoke in our faces. The quantity and variety of goods is astounding. Shop after shop has spilled their wares onto the narrow cobbled streets where pedestrians, trolleys and the occasional motorbike all vie for space. We wandered down a street which just had shops full to the brim with belt buckles, and another just ...
... to chat with David and a farewell drink on their hotel terrace.
After a brief downtime back at our hotel, we went out to the corner restaurant. It served asian type dishes including Chinese, Japanese and Indian. It was OK but pricey 107TL AU$55 which included a small bottle of red. There were outdoor heaters and we were provided with throws/shawls to stay warm. Overall, a nice experience.
Tomorrow evening, we will meet Ahmet - a good friend of Clive Hutt.
... kind of musky aftertaste that we couldn't get over, so that was a bit of a bust. However, the moussaka was quite tasty. They also gave us all a round of an "apple tea" that was sort of like a spiced apple cider, which was also very good.
After eating, we split up into small groups and plunged into the massive sea of sights, sounds, and smells that is the Grand Bazaar. Let me tell you one thing: There are SO. MANY. PEOPLE. There ...