- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
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I left my dear friends in Denmark today to embark on the second half of my adventure which will lead me from my current position in Istanbul to Bucharest onto Budapest and finish out in Berlin before returning to Ibiza. I thought I had a good handle on what i was getting myself into, and then I got off the plane in Istanbul and all that changed.
First of all, it was raining.. and we had to disembark the plane on the tarmac and get shuttled to the ...
... modern in Turkey, only two months old and complete with valet parking and Starbucks. A petty upscale joint you might find on Rodeo Drive and a far cry from what I expect to encounter in northern Iran and eastern Turkey. They bought gifts for our Iranian hosts in 2 days, and shades got the blazing Iranian sun. I looked for a CHEAP way for me to stay online for modern maps and communications functions. I decided to ...
... we weren’t happy about the extra charge. We joked around with him for a few minutes, then took a short walk before retiring.
Sat 17 May, On tour
Our first day on tour and our toughest. When I heard about the itinerary, my first thought was that I would probably take a taxi back to the hotel at some point. But it didn’t happen and I stayed the course.
First stop Topkapi, the home of the Sultan for 400 years of Ottoman rule ...
This morning we went for a wander around the Grand Bazaar. This is warren of shops and really pushy vendors. It was interesting to visit. We also visited a felter. He is a UNESCO living treasure. He makes the hats for the Whirling Dervishes. Besides making fantastic felt items, he also works with his partner, Theresa, to create beautiful silks scarves.
After a light lunch Diane, Janet and I went off for our 2pm appointment ...
... went to the Archaeology Museum as it was right next door, then Topkapi Palace which was right next to that. By the time we had done all of that, everything was closing up so we wandered around the streets around the mosques, then went back to the hotel to rest.
The next day we saw the Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern, and the Grand Bazaar in the mornig. At the Grand Bazaar I bought a magic lamp, but ...