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Apr 24, 2015 - Istanbul, Turkey

What can I say about this beautiful city? Hmmmmm - freezing, bloody cold comes to mind. We docked here early on Sunday morning after spending 2 wonderful days in Cannakkle. The port is located on the European side of the city and there were already 2 ships docked there when we arrived. The program given to us the night before said the weather would be overcast and temperature of about 12 degrees. Ok so that's not freezing but we rugged up with scarves and our jackets, I even wore shoes rather than thongs. Off the ship and onto our bus,...

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Apr 1, 2015 - Istanbul, not Constantinople

Ok, ok, sorry but I couldn't help but make the reference to the 1990 They Might be Giants song. It's just so catchy!! Istanbul truly is at the crossroads of the world. This is our third time here. We came in 1987 on our very first international trip together to Greece; we bought tickets from Athens to come for two days on a whim. Back then, we couldn’t believe how cheap everything was ($5 for a beautifully decorated room right near the Hagia Sophia) and how exotic it all felt. The second time we arrived at the end of our overland from South...

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Mar 12, 2015 - People of Istanbul

March 11 I went out looking for breakfast this morning and settled on a place where lots of local men were eating. I figured they'd know what was good. My omelet was okay but nothing special, then I noticed they were all eating soup. Looks like the special there is lentil soup for breakfast. Hmmm Live and learn :) Mustafa at the desk gave me a map and circled all the sites I should see and I set off. The Old city is really easy to get around in as there are plenty of landmarks like street car tracks, hills, mosques and museums. Several...

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Mar 10, 2015 - Istanbul

March 10 Apparently Zuhair was correct and you don't need 3 hours at Queen Alia (Amman) airport so I was one of the first in line. Oh well. I like to be early. I breezed through security, found my gate and went to Popeye's. Pasha had been raving about how wonderful it is so since we don't have them in Canada I figured I should grab the opportunity. So, I ate fried chicken at 8:30 am. Let's just hope other people like it at that hour of the day and it hasn't been sitting around too long. I sat at the gate printed on my boarding pass and when...

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Dec 3, 2014 - Istanbul-Day 2

Wed. 3 Dec.2014 Weather:-13 degrees/Sunny Istanbul Depart :-16 27h The Topkapı Palace which was the imperial enclave of the Ottoman emperors for four centuries, the nearby Hagia Sophia dating from the sixth century which was originally a basilica constructed for the Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I and the Basilica Cistern which is a giant underground cistern built by Justinian in 532 to provide water to the city in cases of siege was our objective today but after another disastrous and sleepless night my only thoughts were ‘where is a...

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Dec 2, 2014 - Istanbul-Day1

Tues. 2 Dec. 2014 Weather:-11 degrees/overcast Istanbul Arr:-13:00 After a very sleepless night due to coughing, incessant headache and sore lungs and with thoughts of “How can we get of this boat and get back home” and me kicking myself for breaking my golden rule of ‘book everything direct with the airline etc. yourself---not through a travel agent, I was ready to jump overboard. It is oh, so hard to change flights if they have booked through a T.A. First you have to ring them in the middle of the night (and one call does not do it) on...

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Nov 11, 2014 - Istanbul (In Transit)

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD With all the fuss about our baggage during our transit through Cairo, we didn’t have any time to eat dinner, so we were pretty hungry when the flight departed for Istanbul at 9:25pm. We weren’t too worried because we’d flown on Turkish Airlines in the past and I have to say, we’ve never had better food on any other airline. Once we were airborne, seated in our business class seats, they began to roll out the red carpet. The flight was only two and a half hours long, so we had comfy, spacious seats, but not the...

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Nov 7, 2014 - Homeward Bound

The taxi dropped me off at Ataturk Airport in plenty of time for my 9am flight. It will be a long day with a three hour layovers in London and Chicago. I calculate the trip home to be a 24 hour process. My trip exceeded my expectations. As usual, I experienced so much in a short time. I hope one day to return to Turkey for seconds.

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Nov 6, 2014 - Cappadocia to Istanbul

Part of the fun of travel is meeting other people, folks that you wouldn't normally meet. On the shuttle bus to the Nevsehir Airport I met Jim. He's 36 and a solo traveler who works for a software company in North Carolina. Jim wanted something more out of life and arranged for a leave of absence from his company. He is currently in the fifth month of a six month European vacation. Jim spent his first month in London and has since traveled throughout Europe. We traded travel tales and he told me a story of being chased by a wild boar in...

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Nov 2, 2014 - Istanbul

I began my day walking from Sultanahmet neighborhood past the Grand Bazaar headed to find the Mosque of Sultan the Magnificent. It's a sizable structure, but it took me a while to find. It's included in the list of top Istanbul attractions so I thought I should take a look. The architecture of the mosque is beautiful and there is an enduring quality to the design. I appreciated the artistry, but was not awe struck. After visiting the Blue Mosque and the Sophia, I guess my impression was understandable. Sultan the Magnificent ruled the...

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Nov 2, 2014 - Street scenes around Istabul

Street animals are loved in Turkey. Like Greece, they have no known owner but seem to be cared for by the community. Dogs are tagged like cattle on their ears. This means they are neutered or spayed and have had a rabies shot. There is historical evidence for the love of cats. The famous Turkish poet and founder of the Whirling Dervishes, Rumi aka Mevlana, had a favorite cat. After Rumi died, the cat died eight days later. The cat was buried under the tomb of Rumi. Rumi is venerated by many Muslims and his burial site is visited as a holy...

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Nov 1, 2014 - Istanbul

Today I climbed the walls of Constantinople, the barrier that for centuries protected the city from invaders. The section I stood upon is known as the Wall of Theodosius and dates back to the 5th century AD. The walls and towers are perhaps 50 feet tall and to ascend them required me to climb an almost vertical stone stairway. I questioned the wisdom of such undertaking as the lack of railings and uneven stones meant that one slip would have been disastrous. However, my risk was rewarded with some of the best views of Istanbul and the...

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