Talking Turkey (How Bazaar)
Trip Start Apr 14, 2009
22Trip End Aug 06, 2009
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We arrived on 22nd April and leave tomorrow morning (27th) for Budapest, Hungary.
Our hotel is in a "local" suburb of Istanbul and not a very tourist friendly area. Nevertheless we've plodded through and enjoyed our time.
Our first venture in to the town of Fatih was interesting! Wandered into a food market area where we became the immediate targets of every Tom, Dick & Harry who had something to sell. Intimidating, loud, and we had no idea what we wanted. But then through the madness came the voice of an angel who nicely asked "Chicken kebab?" We turned to see the angel was a 50+ year old Turkish man but the joy was all in the message..
We've enjoyed a cruise of the Bosphorous River, guided tours of the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome & Aya Sofia, walked around the beautiful Sultanahmet area and shopped the Grand Bazaar. (That bazaar has over 3,000 shops covering 60 streets. We didn't cover them all and may have covered a few twice, but we made it out alive and before lunch). It's all brilliant but too much to explain in detail when in a tiny internet cafe surrounded by the cigarette smoke of Turks playing online backgammon.
Hope all is well and you're spending the stimulus package well.
Just arrived in Budapest, Hungary. Alicia is having a nap and I have free hostel internet all to myself, so I'll give a few extra details about Turkey.
Now. What did Alicia want me to mention??
The one thing I remember from yesterday afternoon was buying a BBQ corn cob from a street vendor for $1.50, and it sucked
The traffic in Istanbul is nice, if you're a homicidal maniac. They drive without rules. They drive without giving a rats what anyone else is doing. Crossing the road like frogger is fun when you get away with it but terrifying while you're trying!
Alicia did really ask me to mention some things in more detail when I had a chance but buggered if I remember what they are, so watch this space.
Hungary details of course will be with you soon. Especially if I can keep getting access to free hostel internet!