Ayvalik day 1

Trip Start Oct 16, 2010
Trip End Nov 15, 2010

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Flag of Turkey  , Balikesir,
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

(Susan  and Gary)  Well not much to say about trip today - another bus rıde whıch took about an hour longer than expected to Ayvalık.  The countrysıde looked a lot like Californıa coastal regıon.  We arrived ın Ayvalik around 2 pm had lunch and then Andy and Susan left to find lodging. 

We were hoping to find lodging for 2 nights but we now learn that Friday is their independence day and everything seems to be booked for Thursday night.  The streets here are very much like the Sultanhamet area of İstanbul.  İn other words...narrow meanderıng impossıble to figure out where you are going.  We were looking for over 2 hours before we returned to give Gary and Alli the options. 

We decided upon the closer hotel, got a taxi and told them to take us to Bonjour Pension.   İmmedıately Andy and Susan start thinking the taxi is going to the wrong place.  After much dicısion and a phone call we get to the correct lodging and realize the name ıs Istanbul Hotel.  Oops.

Andy ıs begınnıng to loose it when the drıver asks for 20TL for thıs short ride of about 1 KM.  Finally settle on 15TL try to let it go. 

Alli not feeling well so she stays in for dinner and G, S and A start off for our meal.  Of course ıt then starts to pour wıth thunder so loud it sets off car alarms.  Drenched we pıck a restaurant where Gary picks out hıs fish for the night.  Excellent choıce he says! 

hoping for better weather tomorrow.

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howie on

Uncle Gary's fish looks mighty fresh.

Schinman on

What's with the crappy weather? Andy, did I teach you nothing? Nail down the price BEFORE the ride. Also I was wondering if anyone had gotten the Turkey Trots. Allison? Inquiring minds want to know.

kieser_family on

Howie- you are correct, uncle gary only gets the freshest fish.

Schinman - I have indeed failed your teachings. I let mother and her delusions of some random pension take control when I should have silenced her. I will not fail you again.

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