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28 hours after landing in Victoria, I am home in my own bed, wide awake at 3 am, finishing my story. I hope I adjust to the ten hours time zone difference quicker than I did six weeks ago.
Here's a quick recap of the past 28 hours:
My son Victoria Matt collected me at the airport and took me to his place for the night where I slept in my grand daughter Alyssa's bed and forced myself to stay horizontal until 6 am. I was starving (one of the ...
May 8. 2014
Azze Hotel, 39.50 Euro ($54) double, without breakfast
Turkey Departure Check-List
We stored one backpack at our hotel in Sultanahmet when we departed Istanbul 35 days ago. Now, two days before our departure from Turkey, we have to go retrieve it. On our way to pick up the left luggage, we;
1) Got new glasses for Dave and me (made to prescription in about ...
... me a carpet...or some jewellery. I don't think he was bothered what he sold me, as long as he could sell me something!
The main draw for going to Sultanahmet is to visit the Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque, but there is so much more to it than that, as I would discover as I was drawn into Gulhane Park for a very peaceful walk amongst the pristine flower beds and fountains. From the park, I made my up to Hagia Sofia only to discover that it ...
... been uncovered to show the original art.
We started with a climb up the slippery interior ramp (with ancient paving stones) to the upper gallery. From here, the size of the leather medallions that have the names of Allah, Muhammad, the imams and sons of the prophet, is very clear: they are massive. It is difficult to get a sense of space until you look at the height of the scaffolding along one aisle – then it is clear from the number of flights of stairs that ...
... s enough, thank you", she said. She left.
We're in Turkey! Now it's 3am and we're off again. This time we really we're fast asleep when the conductor banged on the door. "Off the train in 15 minutes!", he says. The last portion of the railroad tracks are under reconstruction and so the train stops 50 miles from Istanbul and we transfer to a bus. The bus takes us the last 1 1/2 hours to the train station in Istanbul.
At the station a taxi ...