National museum and visiting Asia

Trip Start Jul 24, 2010
Trip End Aug 10, 2010

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Diana and I began our morning tour-less this morning.  We began the day with a trip to Istanbul's National Archaeological Museum.  Unfortunately the one exhibit (the babylon walls) that I had been so excited to see for years was closed.  However, the rest of the museum was still great with artifacts from the Greek and Roman empires leading the way.  They also had great artifacts from Troy and the ancient Middle East.  My favorite was a lion sculpture from the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World.

For lunch we went for a traditional meal at an outdoor restaurant patio.

At 2PM we did join up with a tour.  It wasn't the one we were expecting, but it was still okay.  The tour did cross over to Asia which was interesting.  We visited one palace from the Ottoman Empire that had 24 rooms.  It was used by Ottoman sultans to entertain and meet with guests.

At 10PM we took a flight from Istabul to Bodrum.  We arrived to our hotel late only to find that they no longer had our reservation and their hotel was booked.  The worst part was that tomorrow was our earliest day of the trip for a very early start on a tour.  We ened up having to go to another hotel in another taxi and pay way too much for a hotel that we only spent about 5 hours in!
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