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With just 12kgs of luggage its a great feeling to be going away with only the bear essentials and not lugging our whole lives around like we did last year! Its Good Friday and given we're off to a predominately Muslim country, we're stuffing our facing with Easter eggs whilst we can!
We pick up our friend Belle on route to the airport and she greets us with her new favourite Turkish phrase "gule gule" meaning literally to go with a smile! Belle is our ...
... Turkey is a secular country by constitution, and only about 7% of the people practice their Muslim faith regularly. Still, it is reported by our tour guide Oscar that on Fridays, the Blue Mosque is filled with people praying toward Mecca. Men and women pray in different sections of the mosque.
All are required to remove ...
... so I wanted to wait about an hour and maybe get some food on the street.
The donar places weren't open yet but I found a bakery that had Pide for 2.50TL ($1.25). It was a long flat bread like a sliced baguette topped with omelette and mince meat so quite filling for a breakfast.
I went back to the hotel where the cleaning lady started asking ...
... a leisurely cruise on the Bosphorous. (B)
I'm going to redirect everyone to Jane's blog. She's doing a fabulous job.
I'll now go back to the Kenya blog and get pictures up on there. Well--not right now. Right now I'm going to bed as we're starting early tomorrow morning for our next destination.
... leather, rugs, etc. I guess the must do tour local tour operator has to bring all tourists here whether they want to or not. It is quite an overwhelming experience. You need to be prepared to bargain up to a least three times, part of the culture. But you get the feeling that you really have to be aware of the phrase Buyer Beware. I am sure the gold jewelry is good. But unless you find a piece you like, and are willing to do the bargain game, best to avoid it. Tonight ...
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