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Turkey photos

While in Istanbul, I had limited connectivity. Sorry for the delay in posting the photos. Istanbul was an interesting city. Very complicated. The streets were poorly labeled if at all. Part of what it made it so difficult for me was the fact that Turkish is so different from English that I couldn’t make heads … Continue reading

Sept 26 – Planning and Laundry

Today was a sleeping in day, as we hadn’t had much planned and had done pretty much everything we wanted in Istanbul, so we thought we would just take this day to get some prep work done for the rest of the trip. So, we started with a brunch at “Ranchero”, yes it was a … Continue reading

Sept 25 – Dolmabahce Palace – Istanbul

I think our lesson for other traveling to Istanbul is not to arrive on Friday. Being Sunday, even though things were closed the whole atmosphere was more relaxed and more relaxing. After an interesting omelet for breakfast we took the walk through Macka Park to Dolmabahce Palace. Dolmabahce Palace was the last palace built by … Continue reading

Sept 24 – Istanbul Re-Set

Alarm was set for 8:30,but after some snoozing, we got up about 9:15 and got ready. After the hotel breakfast we took a taxi to the Aya Sofia (aka Hagia Sofia). The Hagia Sofia was indicative of Istanbul, it could never decide to be secular, Christian or Muslim as is indicated by its current state … Continue reading

Sept 23 – Istanbul is Complicated

After arriving at 1:00 AM in Istanbul, we managed to get through passport control and through customs to get to the hotel at about 2:30 AM. After getting a full tour of this hotel room. It deserves its own post, just be warned, it has its own doorbell and steam room. After finally getting to … Continue reading


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