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We had planned our goodbyes with Anna and Phil after breakfast, thinking we had plenty of time like Chris and Baumie yesterday. But our shuttle ended up coming early, so it was very rushed in the end. A quick hug, kiss, I love you, and we were on our way to the airport. What a wonderful five weeks we have had together, so many great memories, we will miss everyone now. And Istanbul too; an ancient city of mystery, contradictions, and intrigue supporting 16 million ...
... NZ schools. The NZ focus was always on British, Eurpean and NZ history and I find the Ottoman names and places hard to put in their historical context and work out the relationships between various historical celebrities.
Anyway it has all been very interesting.
This afternoon we took a two hour cruise up and down the Bosphorous which is an extremely busy waterway.
Breaky at 7, then on the bus at 8am to tour Istanbul. Visits included Blue Mosque (line soooo long), the Topkapi Palace (Bob and I enjoyed seeing the river view at the back). We then went into the underground Cistern where they used to store their water - many steps down and back up! Afterwards we enjoyed lunch at the Pudding Shop - I had a scrumptious platter of calamari! After lunch we went on ...
... in little glasses almost as often as we buy it. It seems to be my go to drink while the others are drinking coffee. We managed to find a Starbucks down a back street which had no traffic, so that was pleasant while we waited until 12.30 to head back to the hotel to be ready for the tour pickup.
Our tour was definitely not the most successful we've been on. We seemed to waste a lot of tour time on driving around inanely ...
... saw this guy looking at our bike,and I went out to talk to him,I explained our situation to him and he came and sat down with us,phoned the freight company and got a guy to come to the cafe and meet us,we then all 3 of us proceeded to the depot,which we would never have found in a month of Sundays. Eventually leaving the bike and all our gear to this guy we made our way back by Metro to our ...
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