Off to Istanbul
Trip Start Aug 11, 2007
68Trip End Nov 08, 2007
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Woke up at 6am on the 3rd to get a good start on the drive from Virginia Beach to Istanbul - Tina had thought she'd done well booking the flight out on a Mon to avoid the horrendous weekend crowds driving back from the beach on Sun, only to find out when it was too late to change anything, that Mon 3rd was Labour Day and the official end of summer (before start of the school year) and so Mon would be even worse for traffic than usual - and then there'd be the possible nightmare of thousands of people trying to fly home causing huge delays in security queues at the airport. SO we decided to leave Virginia Beach by 7 am in order to make sure we made or 4.20pm flight.
So of course it was an easy 3 hour run to the airport, which meant we arrived about 1½ hours before the Lufthansa desk even opened, so sat around drinking coffee, then a breeze through security and more hours waiting until we could board the plane
We'd done our last lot of washing the previous night at Chris and Paul's - after both of us had managed to drip some coloured food sauce down our clean shirts and pants. So naturally while we had lunch at the airport, Chris managed to get some bright yellow mustard on the crotch of his shorts, so he tried to clean it up in the bathroom and ended up with a bright yellow patch in the crotch of his shorts surrounded by an even bigger wet patch. Did get some strange looks!
Trouble with a flight that leaves at 4pm, takes 6 hours and arrives at 6am in Frankfurt is that by the time you are actually feeling like going to sleep, they wake you for breakfast! Another breakfast (and lots of coffee) in the lounge at Frankfurt, then a 3 hour flight to Istanbul - on which we got yet another breakfast..... By the time we arrived at our hotel in the Sultanhamet area (the old part of the city) we had been travelling for 26+ hours with no sleep, so the first thing we did was check into our room and go to bed for a couple of hours!
We finally got up around 5pm and went out for a walk
It was a pretty early night - in bed by 9pm and out like a light!