Day 13 - Museum and Bosphorus

Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
Trip End Jan 09, 2013

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Flag of Turkey  , Istanbul,
Saturday, October 13, 2012

The breakfast at our new spot in Istanbul is not as good as the others we have had, but it was fine. We have swapped the train track at our last Istanbul hotel, for a tram track - haven't worked out which is louder, but luckily when the window is closed the room is pretty much sound proofed.

After brief research on other sites to see in Istanbul we headed to the Istanbul Archaeological Museum. It was a quick walk from the hotel, and on the way we stopped to get tickets to watch the whirling Dervishes tonight.
The museum was very interesting and focused on civilizations in this area. There were interesting Egyptian, Hittite, Trojan and other civilization exhibitions related to the Anatolian people.

Feeling pap, we headed for lunch at our new local favorite restaurant opposite the train station.

After a brief rest at the hotel we headed for our Bosphorus tour on the local ferry line. A good tip is to go to the ferry terminal to book a ticket, on a budget it's the cheapest and the official ferry operator has a 2 hour or 6 hour trip at the best prices you can get.

We were on the 2 hour trip. It's was a great outing, and you get to see the palaces, forts and expensive houses along the river. The city is enormous and people live in 3 to 15 story apartment blocks which cover the landscape.

The bridges across the Bosphorus are another wonder. They are giant suspension bridges that join Europe with Asia. Feats of engineering I am sure.

It was a nice to relax on the top deck of the ferry and just take in the sites

Our last night in Istanbul we treated ourselves to a fancy dinner which included a whirling dervish performance. Expensive but fun. It was the first restaurant were the service struggled, but they did have flaming dishes in clay pots which were broken apart, quite a spectacle.

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