Istanbul Suite Home Istiklal
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... fantastic waiter named Ferdi. He couldn’t help us enough, and his food was delicious. So good in fact that Rex made it his mission to attract further customers by telling them how tremendous everything was. Ferdi thought this was hilarious, and said we were a really lovely "family". When coffee came out, I asked Ferdi if he happened to have any Turkish Delight. I must have had a disappointed look on my face when he said no, as next minute he takes ...
With nothing left we "had" to do the free day allowed to explore if we could find a cymbal shop (most good ones are made here). We also had to vacate the apartment by 11:00 which sounds easy but was a challenge due mainly to the late night Linda and I had dealing with paperwork. We (read Soren) had a mild panic attack about getting into Egypt especially since the first website I found said we had to get a visa one prior to coming. But Linda ...
... her, the Australian accent, the great encouragement (so much she lost her voice for a few days) or liberal use of affectionate phrases such as "great job, love!". This morning Vivian climbed the wall using her arms only all the way to the tip. Weston did a speed climb to the top, 41 seconds to the top! The electric trains are a bit like MAX in that they run on the street level, and there is some amount of honor system, but ...
... s all I can really ask for.
One final thought came to me while I was reflecting on my Jerusalem experience. Has humankind ever created a more powerful force than religion? I'm not sure.
Anyway, I'm now in Istanbul. From the drive in it looks like an interesting place. Although it has a long history, I understand in the last few decades it's become far more modern. I had a quick walk around to grab some dinner (a kebab, obviously) and the streets were ...
... share of winks. No brekkie on offer.
Looking down on city lights at night from a plane is a special feeling. At the gate a bit after 0430. A slip up by Turkish Airlines re no boarding cards aboard so had to scramble to find same. Richard still managed to get to the baggage carousel first.
Got the bags and out into the public area for virginal attempt at an ATM machine; success! Hmmm, might take less cash on [some] future trips.
No great surprise ...