Holiday Inn Istanbul Airport-North
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... that these columns are 1600 years old! They are carved by hand (well, by chisels, not hands) and are manly the ionic style which has lots of intricate patterns at the top. They were made to store water, from a forest 19 kilometers away. Finally we took a tram back home, and relaxed. I repeat, RELAX. My feet hurt so much, and I need some sleep... zzz.... zzz... zzz... Belinda: Milly has forgotten our trip to the Istanbul Archaeology ...
... plus Gosford taking a tour through the place on a daily basis. It began in 1455 after the Ottoman conquest, and started as a place for the fabric traders. Bazaar is derived from Persian, meaning cloth seller.
After visiting the largest Mosque in Istanbul, the very impressive Suleymaniye Mosque, we stopped at a huge and empty rooftop cafe for a cup of Turkish Tea. Tastes just like strong black tea, which it probably is! It ...
... seemed to be of a like mind about getting as much wine as we could. I think the food was good, but in any case we had a great time. Also, we ordered a raki, to try it. I was the only one who liked it, but I felt that drinking the raki too might be a bit much. We rolled back to the bus, past the armed police contingent who were there in the event of a demonstration against the laxity that caused the mining disaster.
Sun 18 May
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At 1:15 a.m we boarded the plane✈ After 45 minutes the plane left. When the plane was airborne , I watched some movies some which were Sofia the First, Despicable Me and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. During the flight, the stewards and stewardess served us some supper and breakfast. Supper was kofta with rice and vegetables. The kofta was finger-licking good but I ...
... 2800km I believe. The landscape (back on the European side of Turkey of course) was very open, low rolling hills, wide blue sky and quite small dry-looking paddocks as far as you could see, a bit of greenery here and there and not so many houses, it was strangely like NZ, maybe in north Canterbury late summer. Lovely views of the sea to our right, no wonder all the houses were built facing out that way.
We are at a different hotel this time, still ...