Family - Flight to Istanbul

Trip Start Mar 12, 2008
Trip End Mar 31, 2008

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

The flight out of Milas-Bodrum airport was at 1:45pm, but we had to return the car by 12. It was a 35 minute drive to the airport, and we were met at the door by the car rental man at the appointed hour. There was only one restaurant in the airport, and the prices were exorbitant. When I asked the waitress why a cup of coffee cost 9YTL (about $7 US), she was honest enough to tell me: "Airport prices!".
The flight was on time, and we were met at the airport by our hotel transfer guy for the drive back to the Antik Hotel. We checked in, and then set out for the Egyptian Spice market at the request of Gracey. We sampled and bought Turkish delight, and also acquired a couple of souvenirs. Even though it was getting late in the afternoon, the place was crowded, and mostly with locals. After that we walked across the Galata bridge to the Karakoi area for dinner. And this was where we faced our one and only rip-off attempt. We picked a restaurant with a view over the Golden Horn back to the old city, after establishing that a bottle of wine was 12YTL. The meal was actually very good, but when the bill arrived, the total was for 92YTL, with the wine costing 30YTL, and one of the meses (starters) 10, instead of 4YTL. An argument ensued, and I calculated that the meal should have cost 66YTL. Fortunately, I had the exact amount in cash, put it on the table and walked, to the feigned dismay of the waiter. There were a number of other local customers in the restaurant, and not one batted an eyelid. This was clearly not something that they had not experienced before!
To the delight of the kids, we caught the tram back to the hotel, and were cozy in bed less than 30 minutes later.
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