Friday, 19 October 2012

TURKEY - Day 1 (1.9.2012) - 

Istanbul - Day of Rest & it's Only Day One!

Having travelled for 22 hours from Johannesburg via Abu Dhabi, 8 hour stop over, we arrived in Istanbul at 6.30 am and eventually, after train and tram, we arrive at the Sultanahmed stop. With help from a Turkish carpet shop owner we were pointed in the right direction and soon found our hotel, the Sebnem Hotel. Our room was not ready but we were offered breakfast on the roof restaurant with a lovely view over the Bosphorus. We were soon   off and running, up through the Blue Mosque to Grand Bazaar, then down to the Egyptian market and back on the tram. Once we had strolled back through Sultanahmed it was early to bed in preparation for an early start and 30 exciting days exploring Turkey.

The planned route ahead. Follow the Blog!
Breakfast on the patio. Meet Beryl, you will see a lot of her!
 Incredible views over the Bosphorus.

The Sebnem Hotel at the end of the road on the right.

 Interesting fellow - pay for a picture.

 Little mossies loving a discarded corn on the cob.
 Cops chasing hawkers selling postcards.
 Afternoon tea at the hotel.
 Off again for dinner at the Doy Doy - Memories from 10 years earlier.

 The Blue Mosque.

Hagia Sophia. We will be back to explore all this at the end of the month!

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