Ramada Istanbul Old City Hotel
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Today I woke up, a bit sad because today was our last day on the cruise ship. We ate breakfast like usual, then we headed off the gangway to Istanbul. Then we walked a long ways to a train station, figured out the train system and hopped on the train. Once on the train we waited four stops, then we got off. The train was really crowded so it was nice to get some fresh air. Then we walked some more to the Sultan's Palace. I took some handstand pictures out side and then we went in. ...
... to find it occupied by two older women and two young guys. Three weeks back, I would have taken the other table. But this time, I asked them if I could join them. The two ladies and the guy turned out to be from Germany. The other guy was a South Korean. We talked for sometime. The ladies were partners, and have always loved traveling. They had been in Turkey for couple of weeks, and this was their third time here. The German guy, Simon, was on a short week long trip ...
... It was the epitomization of the jetsetter lifestyle: Cairo Aug 21? Athens Aug 6? Bangkok Sept 21? Maybe Singapore? Are you kidding me? Who has those conversations? Finally it was decided that we still had at least a week to really decide. Plus there were a few new factors out of our control. My Egypt/Jordan tour was cancelled since we would have had to fly over Isreal, and with the war it seemed unsafe to take that risk. Now I could go to Africa earlier, but ...
... br> I found some craft workshops advertised which sounded interesting. Junko was game too. Dave and I went to check it out for the next day and spent several hours, even with help of tourist office and the helpful English speaking volunteer high school students in blue shirts with "ask me" written on them, were unable to find the location.
We were sent to a place by the Green House (nice stuff but no ...
... There was
also some traditional dancing and knife throwing by the men, before a variety
singer invited us all up to learn Turkish dancing. All the while we were fed
good food and good wine, making the night a truly superb evening! We headed
back to the hotel to have a few nightcaps in one of the rooms before collapsing
and dying at a ridiculously late hour to get some shut eye for our free day in
Our last day in the beautiful city ...