Travel Blogs from Istanbul
Istanbul. Distinct from Europe and Asia - a blend of both perhaps. We found the city full of energy yet still laid back and inviting. Clean and modern but still faithful with more mosques on the skyline than we could count. We arrived near the end of Ramadan and found the area near the impressive Blue Mosque full of activity every night with food …
... Empire. There was nothing like it before, and there has been nothing like it since. We explored the space as best we could in the crowd that was filling it, lingered as long as we could, and had to move on.
Our "not a tour guide" found us shortly after our exit where Ed made it clear we weren't interested in buying a carpet. We had guessed right because he was no longer interested in being our "not a tour guide". It was a short walk to our next stop, the ...
... today, some of the roads were cobbled and the roads were definitely the worst we'd had so far. I think we lucked out because it was a bit cloudy so not so hot. (Apparently its a bit like being in a greenhouse on a hot day). I spent a lot of the truck journey dosing because I was so tired due to a lack of sleep. Kate woke me up because a stork nest was coming up but buy the time I had my camera ready I had missed ...
... us to go with them to watch theTurkey vs Hungary match that evening, which I couldn't really refuse. Later that evening we hopped on a ferry across the Bosphorus to the Asian side of the city where Fenerbahçe's Şükrü Saracoğlu stadium lies. The views of the city from the ferry were outstanding and only from the water can you get a true sense of the size of this enormous city! Given the reputation that Turkish football fans have I was slightly apprehensive about the game, ...
Amanda and Shawn went to the doctor and looks like it will be next weekend before they induce. That means we won't see Iris just yet, will have to wait til they come home in a few months. We're ok with that and were talking about what this trip HAS been, if not a baby trip. Its been a slow down, read, visit with the kids, experience Istanbul and see what they're living. Hopefully we've made a day or two easier for them just by being a distraction. It also means that ...
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