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... and sounds and sampled the coffee and Turkish sweet eats for a late morning tea. It was quite cold and we needed to shop for a warm jacket for Carm but apart from that didn't spend time in shops. The signs of Turkish nationalism and of Gallipoli are everywhere and we got a buzz out of the hustle and bustle of this magic city. We made it back to the ship for a mid afternoon lunch, a couple of beers and a ...
... was the full range of dress - full black hijab to very short shorts.
Early Sunday morning, we flew from Istanbul to Budapest, where we visited my cousin Sarolt and her family. Sarolt and her husband have purchased a small vineyard and weekend house near Lake Balaton where they grow grapes and make their own wine. We were able to go there for a wonderful lunch.
... generated considerable enmity among everyday Turks.
Some people we talked to didn’t pull any punches, calling Erdogan "inhuman" and saying that he was not at all popular with the people, at least in Istanbul. The mining episode is another bump in Erdogan’s leadership, which over the past year or so has been marked by scandal and controversy. The government’s response has been heavy-handed, including crackdowns on ...
Today started wet, seriously raining. Needless to say we had a leisurely breakfast. By 10.30 it had eased to a drizzle and with golf umbrella in hand we set out for a trip on the Bosphorus. We had been offered all sorts of boat trips by agents and street sellers, all madly expensive. With a stroll to the quayside we walked onto a 2 hour tour for 3 Euro; a tad cheaper than the 150 Euro one being offered at the hotel, for the same boat!
It started within minutes ...