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Bolu to Istanbul was to be a handy enough ride of 160 miles or so. As we got closer to the city the temperature started to rise as did the levels of traffic we had to deal with.
Before the bridge over the Bosphorus we must have filtered our way through six or seven miles of stationary traffic. By now the temperatures were up at 30C and the bikes were enjoying it as little as the riders were. Once we crossed the bridge and turned off towards the Fatih area and ...
... a cable car up to a small cafe on top of a nearby hill. We had great views of Istanbul. We also had Turkish coffee and tea while we took in the views. Mr. Zorba said after you finish your coffee you are supposed to turn the cup over on the saucer and wait ten or fifteen minutes. After you wait you turn the cup back over and read the coffee grounds in the bottom of the cup. I didn't see much mine but there are people who make money reading your coffee grounds. For lunch ...
... at outside at 15 lira was 30 lira there.
Finally came the last night of Chinese dinner and well semi goodbyes. I must say this trip was really enjoyable made more possible by the very young and even old but youthful group of people. Who is still socializing even onboard the flight now. There was the family of 4 - uncle successfully retired businessman with his wife, daughter siau yen (34, accountant) and god ...
... Spa Resort (Turkish style "5" star!!). Room 1206 Buffet dinner with LOTS to choose from-tried not to pig- not sure if I succeeded!!! BUT no alcohol cos too expensive. Finished the evening by having a dip in the thermal spring pool where I bumped into Pat Tassell who is also doing the Anzac tour. Then we went into the fish spa for 10 minutes each and now an early night as the bus leaves at 7.30am tomorrow ...
... School officially starts at 8:10 and ends at 3:30 (3:00 on Fridays). Teachers need to stay until 4:30 (5:00 on Wednesdays/3:00 on Fridays), and the bus usually gets us back to our neighborhood by 5:15.
You may know that I'm a narcoleptic and that every second of sleep is precious to me. I need a good eight hours a night -- at least. In order to get up at 6:20am, I find myself usually going to bed somewhere between 10pm and 10:30pm -- a massive change from our ...
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Great hotel, wonderful staff and great service! We enjoyed our stay thoroughly and recommend upgrading to one of the spacious suites!
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