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Sep 11, 2015 - Istanbul - Day 3 - Do Not much of Anything Day

I was working on the postings from the previous day and the time got away from me. I was fully awake and finally making progress but when I looked at the clock it was at 4 am. So I don't feel too bad about sleeping until 10:30 am this morning, missing my free wonderful breakfast buffet that ended at 10:00. By the time I got ready and out the door it was 11:30 so I went to find lunch. I had seen a place within the mosque complex across the street that had looked good so that is where I went. The place had been an old water cistern for the...

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Sep 10, 2015 - Istanbul - Day 2 - Walk around "Old Town"

The camera store I went to only had high end Canons - far beyond my budget but they did have a simple Nikon 20 pixels with decent zoom (not as good as the Canon, though - very small and light weight - and about $90. I knew I would need an extra battery - I rarely get past lunch on the first one. It was another $30. I was relieved to get away for only that much - and the pictures in the outdoors aren't bad. The difference will be obvious though in low light settings where I can't use a flash. After the camera adventure I walked all over the...

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Sep 10, 2015 - Istanbul - Day 2 - Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent and Art/Rug Shop

My favorite part of the walk was stumbling across the Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent. I did not really intended to go there and was not prepared because I did not have a head covering. I did not go in to see the inside of the mosque but they were having services so I couldn't have seen it anyway. Maybe later in the trip. It is just a short walk from the hotel. I could see through the grillwork on the windows into the rear part of the church where the women were standing. They are not allowed in the front of the mosque with the men. The...

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Sep 9, 2015 - Istanbul Day 1 - Istanbul around my hotel

I took the metro and then the tramway to the hotel from the airport. It takes less time than taxi or bus and is cheaper but is jammed packed with people (think of every picture you've seen from New Delhi) I got to the hotel about 11:30 - the plane was 1/2 hour early - and even though check in is at 3:00 they let me have the room I put my stuff away, took a quick nap and about 4:00 took off to explore the area around the hotel. there are a lot of nice shops for towels, bedding, curtains and textiles that seem to be popular so I would assume...

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Sep 8, 2015 - Getting to Istanbul - Sept. 8

I had about a four hour layover in Toronto. I had plenty to keep me busy but mainly listened to podcasts I had downloaded from NPR's Story Corps. I had been a little worried about the length of the flight and had never actually made any effort to try to find out how long it was going to be. I knew the plane left at 5:45 pm and arrived in Istanbul at 9:45 am but had no idea how much of a time differential exists between Toronto and Istanbul. I made some calculations (never being very good working out time differences) and came up with a 16...

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Jul 3, 2015 - Thoughts on Travelling

Thoughts on our travels. Ok, it’s been almost 3 weeks since we returned home and we are back into the routine of life in Canada. We no longer get up in the morning with thoughts of what adventure is waiting for us. Instead, it’s laundry, household chores, visiting with family and friends (yippee), reading the Times Colonist over morning coffee, and dreaming about our next trip. There is a part of me that still feels like I’m travelling and I want to hope on a metro and spend the morning in a museum, or drive our car through the hills of...

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Jul 1, 2015 - Istanbul

After Cappadocia, our tour continued to Ankara and Bursa. Honestly, these huge cities were interesting, but fell short of being captivating after our experiences in the rest of Turkey. Hotels were fabulous and very posh, but the cities were, well, cities. So ... no pictures worth posting. The drive through the countryside was somewhat uneventful, but the ferry ride and drive into Istanbul were quite pretty. Surprising since it's a city of 17 million. And, as we expected, there are mosques everywhere ... and the traffic was horrendous....

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Jun 21, 2015 - Our Bulgarian Family

Visit with the Lesov Family A major part of this trip has been reconnecting with family. We feel very blessed to have an opportunity to meet with our son-in-law, Boyan's, family while we are in Istanbul. Boyan's parents, Ivan and Tonka (Toni for short) Lesov live in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and are a wonderfully warm and loving couple. We meet them and spent a week visiting when we were in Bulgaria for Morgan and Boyan's wedding nine years ago, and we spent another lovely visit with them seven years ago when they came to Canada. If you ever get a...

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Jun 20, 2015 - Istanbul

Istanbul Remember the song, "Istanbul was Constantinople ... Now it's Istanbul not Constantinople." I had it in my head for a few days; from 330AD to 1930, it was Constantinople. However, it has changed names a number of times and started as Byzantium thousands of years ago. As such an ancient city, with much pre-Roman history, I've long had a desire to experience the culture and cuisine, and visit the ancient sites that I've read about. Our first experience in Istanbul was one of very friendly and helpful people. On the advice of a flight...

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May 2, 2015 - Our Ultimate Silk Road Asia Overlander begins

We head out from Istanbul at 7:00 am with Endeavour Overland. Drawing on years of overlanding experience with other companies, owners Nick and Adam have built their own truck for this adventure (which quite frankly, puts other companies to shame). Real windows, comfy seats, amazing views, a real fridge, lots of spaces to plug in electronics, tons of storage, even a toileting tent....this truck is the ultimate in overlanding. I'm worried we will become too soft as a result! Our fellow passengers (11 others in addition to our two drivers),...

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Apr 27, 2015 - Goodbye Istanbul, Goodbye Jim xx - Hello Voyage to Venice

Today Jim left the ship to go home. He was having one night in Istanbul and then flying out tomorrow. I think he is happy to be going home to his family. We sailed about 2.00pm. Another 3 days on boat before reaching Venice. Our nephews taught their Uncle Paul and Father Don, how to take shots, and we just had a relaxing time around the ship. Don and Paul can make some amazing faces!!!!!!!!!

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Apr 26, 2015 - Day after Anzac Day

Overnight we sailed from Gallipoli to Istanbul and docked at half past seven in the morning. (We were supposed to leave at 7.00pm the night before - but did not get away till 10.00pm because of the main ANZAC service). Today Paul, Jim and Don went to climb Galata Tower - as their grandfather had climbed it on 30/1/ 1919. I opted out and went with Jill, Mavis, Rosco into the city. As it was - there is now a two car lift there so the boys felt cheated - and a big restaurant at the top which is 5 levels. They paid 25 Turkish Lira to climb it....

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