Our Arrival and Getting Acquainted with Istanbul
Trip Start Jun 21, 2012
9Trip End Jul 11, 2012
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The Blue Mosque really has to be seen to be appreciated
We joined up with our group of six, people we'll be spending most of our time with. Lindsay is a lecturer at Ridley College, and has visited Istanbul a couple of times already. He's a great asset to have around, since he knows a lot about the area and what's worth doing or seeing. Ben, Ali and Steph are students at Ridley, and Mel and I make up the six.We worked our way into the narrow streets near the mosque, looking for somewhere to eat dinner and all the while trying to avoid being run over by crazy taxi drivers or trip on dug up pavement. There is obviously no such thing as suing the council if you trip over a brick in the street! O H and S are also notably absent. We found a great spot with a roof top terrace, although the Sea of Mamara wasn't visible from there. You really have to run the gauntlet of restaurant "sprukers", each desperate to have the pleasure of your company (or the money out of your pocket).
More soon - have to leave for our next days adventure!