Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... long before the flight, the gate was bound to be quiet. Wrong. Because the gate had to be used for half a dozen other flights before mine, I wasn't even allowed near it. I was now pretty much stuck in no man's land, except that there were too many people there.
And they were loud. And they were smoking (!). And kids were crying. And I was hungry. And thirsty. And exhausted. And I felt myself slowly but surely slipping out of the ...
... Consequently when we went to go and get changed in our little change room after the massage was over, and we took advantage of the beds in the change room and slept for an hour and a half before leaving the hamam. The ladies giggled when we finally came out of the change room and pointed to the clock, I think they were complimented that we had been so relaxed to sleep. It was a great experience, and my skin feels ...
... I have been into previously, this was by far the most lavish although I’m sure there other Orthodox churches somewhere in the world that a bigger and more ornate, but this one was fine for me.
Our next stop was the Spice Bazaar near Galata Bridge. I realised that we had walked along the outside of it in 2006 and didn’t realise that we were that close to the bazaar itself. Our guide took us to his friend’s shops ...
... this trip: Turks don't do directions. Even if they did, there's no street signs to check against. This was not the last time we came up against this problem.
Well, a couple hours later, after asking directions from a police man and from a hotel porter, and as the sun was already below the horizon, we finally found Galata Tower. Was it worth the effort? A hundred times over. The lovely lights on the street and the tower, the somewhat hazardous walk up the dark, circling ...
Our next port of call, Istanbul is 1118 nautical miles from Civitavecchia and there were 2 sea days before arrival. Time for some relaxation and catching up on my blog while Roisin tried to catch up on topping up her tan!!!
The route took us down the Tyrrhenian Sea where we passed the Island of Stromboli off the North coast of Sicily. Stromboli is one of 3 active volcanoes in Italy, the other 2 being Etna, on Sicily itself, and Vesuvius over shadowing the Bay of ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet