Completing the circle, back to Istanbul

Trip Start Apr 19, 2010
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Trip End Jun 06, 2010


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Monday, May 24, 2010

Up this morning at 5:30 AM to have breakfast and head to the airport for our flight to Istanbul. We checked back into the Golden Horn Hotel, not a favourite of ours on the first night we stayed there.  This time they upgraded us to a deluxe room that was magnificent! The room is on the top floor of the hotel with great views from the windows, comfortable bed and great facilities.

Our task today was to hunt down a book. This has become a bit of the Turkey story for us. I brought two books by Stieg Larsson on the trip, on the way from Cairo to Istanbul I finished the first and passed it to Jacqui who had been reading it whenever I put it down. Unfortunately she left it in the Istanbul airport. So the first day I started looking for an English version of the book and was successful on the second day when we were in the New District of Istanbul. I found an English bookstore and they had a copy – success!

Part 2 of the story happened when Jacqui fell ill on the train from hell.  In the panic to get our stuff packed and off the train, I left book two behind. Well today we went back to the New District with three personal tasks for me: find the book, get a Starbucks, and find some
deodorant. I went to the English bookstore but no luck so off to all the Turkish stores with their very small collections of English titles, very eclectic titles at that, Beautiful Losers – L. Cohen,
lots of Margaret Lawrence and Salman Rushdie. After searching through several stores I was successful in meeting all three of my objectives.

In the evening we met with about two-thirds of our group for a farewell dinner, lots of the group were on their respective ways tomorrow.

May 22 – 24

Our final days are dedicated to wandering around enjoying the experience of being in Istanbul.  Lots of shopping, not so much buying but Jacqui enjoyed the looking. First we had to check out of the luxury room and find our budget accommodation for the next two nights at the Apricot Hotel. It turned out to be a pleasant place to stay, small hotel but comfortable, recommended by Rick Steves.

Yesterday we went for a long walk along the seawall just down from our hotel around the area we stayed in earlier. It was surprisingly longer than we anticipated but enjoyable to see the sea and stroll along.

We are currently waiting for our ride to take us from Turkey to the airport and on to Jordan. Our visit to Turkey has been fascinating, educational and enjoyable (except for the damn TD). Istanbul is a great city that we can see ourselves returning to someday.
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art on

istanbul,and all turkey sounds fascinating....what a great trip!

Jill on

Jordan next?! Wow. This is a great trip to follow. Can't wait to read more installments.

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