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- Continental Breakfast
- Drycleaning onsite
- Airport Transportation
- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
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Today we decided we would save dishing out Euro and walked for half an hour to catch the airport train. (Saving 45€ for a personal driver).
While our train didn't appear on any board or usual playform we made a quick dash across the station and made it to the airport- painless!
Flying Turkish airlines made for an interesting …
... negotiations to buy a black leather belt (my existing one will no longer fit!!!) which started at €45 and finally finished at €10. Back into my garment industry negotiations again. Weave our way out of the bazaar, and finish up back on the waterfront. Negotiations with another taxi driver. €10 back to the ship. Another scenic drive, some fascinating neighbourhood streets and back to the port. Inside the secure area we find a duty free store. It is really duty ...
... and the noise was incredible. Everyone was talking, loudly and people were trying to pray. People were taking their photos. I didn't like it and couldn't wait to get out. Absolutely no need to go inside. This is an incredibly spectacular building from the outside. And really, that's all you should need. I can't believe that they let anyone in there. On the up side, I got outside and sat on a marble step in the shade. Next to me was a little ...
... were couples and small groups picnicking on the grass. Runners. Dog walkers. An outside gym. Musicians. Small boats hugged the shoreline. The light started to fade and I suddenly realized I was on another continent with no idea if ferries ran at night and no clue where this swing dance event was. I did notice a Metro station back by the docks, so I decided to head on back there. The walk through Hipsterville was vibrant but made me lonely. The restaurants, cafes and bars ...
... of naked women but we got used to it quite quickly. Finally we were scrubbed, washed and rinsed by an attendant. Definitely very clean after. We sat in the cafe and drank tea for awhile to acclimatise from having been in the hot humid atmosphere before we went back out to face the cold.
We wandered back past the Basilica Cistern and Aya Sofia both of which had line ups to get in. Given it was late afternoon we decided this was a 'to do' tomorrow. We returned to the ...