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Apr 16, 2004 - Istanbul

This was our final day in Istanbul so there was lots still to see and do. We started the day by visiting the Mosque of Solyman the Magnificent, then the Blue Mosque, famous for its Iznik tiled interior and 6 minarets, the Roman Hippodrome and finally the Topkapi Palace, a huge and beautiful place. Following that we had some time at the Grand Bazaar before being dropped of at the place where all Turks go shopping - Taksim Square. We actually thought the Grand Bazaar was better than Taksim Square because everything was under one roof, but it...

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Dot's Big OE 2004

Apr 3, 2004 - London to Istanbul

Lorraine and I flew on British Airways from London Heathrow to Istanbul. As usual there was a huge crowd of people at Heathrow and we waited an hour and a half in the line up to check-in. Heathrow was sadly lacking informative information on which counter to go to and was a real shambles. After a 3 hour flight we touched down in Istanbul and were transferred to our Hotel, the Aziyade, situated in the European side of old Istanbul. At night we met up with the rest of the group and our tour guide Yesim Guris. The tour was a Pacha Tour and our...

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Dot's Big OE 2004

Mar 20, 2004 - Canakkale to Gallipoli to Istanbul

Another day of moving. We are headed like horses back to the stable, back to Istanbul. But first we will ferry across the Dardanelles landing back in Europe, and make a visit to Gallipoli the site of a great Ottoman/Turkish victory at the end of World War I. It was a very long battle and costly for both the victors and the losers. Thousands of Aussies, New Zealanders and Brits were killed along the beaches of the Dardanelles attempting to land and push back the Ottoman troops. We visited one of the landing sites and one of the...

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My Trip to Turkey

Mar 15, 2004 - Istanbul

We arrived early morning to the glistening buildings and traffic of Istanbul. One of the highlights of driving in Istanbul was crossing over the big suspension bridge from Asia to Europe with a sign stating "Welcome to Europe." After a night on the bus we quickly checked in to our hostel and washed up. At 9 am we met Feyza, the bus attendant, for breakfast. We had some Turkish pizza (pide) and tea (cay). We found out that she took the job as an attendant on the bus to further her English before pursuing higher education in England (we tried...

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World Trip 03/04

Mar 5, 2004 - Arrive in Istanbul

Well I made it ... and in better shape than some. I at least had luggage, four people from our trip did not. We were taken directly to the hotel after a long wait (for all those who had to file missing luggage claims). Not much adventure here. The Taksim Plaza Hotel is nice, not fancy, but certainly nice. My room overlooks the street, so it is a bit noisy. I do not think people in Istanbul ever go to bed! We had a bit of a group orientation ... the balloon trip may be off due to weather, but we will get more details later. Cocktails before...

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My Trip to Turkey

Mar 2, 2004 - Istanbul, Turkey

As sad as we all were to leave the stunning country of South Africa, we were propelled by thoughts of the new and exciting sights, sounds, and smells of Europe. That concept, we have discovered, has kept us moving along; without it, we may well have remained in some obscure paradise for the entire seven months (or well beyond). After another reluctant farewell, we boarded a Lufthansa 747, and rose above the continent of Africa. On our way from Johannesburg, South Africa, to Istanbul, Turkey, we had a five hour stopover in Frankfurt,...

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World Trip 03/04

Aug 11, 2001 - Estambul

Como dije en la introducción, este relato se escribe unos años después del viaje, así que simplemente escribo sobre uno que otro recuerdo, a lo mejor lo primero que se ve venga a la cabeza, viendo algunas fotos también; en este caso, que llegué al centro histórico, desde el aeropuerto, por mi cuenta, en transporte público: una combinación de bus y tranvía (en ese año porque cuando volví a hacer ese recorrido en el 2005, la combinación fue otra)

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