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Istanbul – Day 3, Dinner

Wow, was dinner fabulous!!

They brought us by bus to a Cistern which has been converted into a restaurant. We arrived on a red carpet and were greeted with Champaign. A lady was on a swing, high above the room, singing opera. After a few appetizers, they brought us to our tables.

The first course was a nice salmon salad. Of course, Lynn had to point out that it was raw salmon. No more for me, thanks. :-) The dinner also included spinach ravioli, beef medallions, and turkish delights. Throughout the dinner, a band played live music. Between each course, they had turkish dancers. They were very good.

We arrived back at the hotel by midnight. The bad news is, our plane ride home leaves at 2:30. So, I’m still awake.

GREAT TRIP!!!

Blue Mosque at Night
Blue Mosque at Night
Dinner
Dinner
Dinner
Dinner
Our table at Dinner
Our table at Dinner
Entrance to the Dinner
Entrance to the Dinner
Paradise Island
Paradise Island
Boat Tour
Boat Tour

Istanbul – Day 3

Day three was the best day yet. We slept in and missed breakfast because yesterday was such a long day.

Today was boat cruise day. We took the boat from our hotel to the largest of the paradise islands, on the continent of Asia. It was very small and reminded me of Mackinaw Island but more crowded. We walk around for a while and had a drink in a cafe.

During the boat ride back, we had a great lunch with traditional Turkish foods. Not Bob’s favorite but pretty good.

We then went to the Grand Bazaar for some shopping. What a crazy place that is. Everything you could possibly want in a single location. To buy anything, you must “haggle”. I found it funny that I was haggling with both the shop keeper and my wife. He said “$150″, I said “$90″, Lynn said “OK $125″. hahaha

We are now heading for dinner with the company. I’ll send more posts later.

Fruit stand
Fruit stand
Break on the Island
Break on the Island
Lunch on Boat
Lunch on Boat
Boat Cruise to Island
Boat Cruise to Island
Lynn at Bazaar
Lynn at Bazaar
Bob at Bazaar
Bob at Bazaar
The Hotel
The Hotel
Turkey at Dusk
Turkey at Dusk

Istanbul – Day 2

We had a great day in Istanbul today. The wether was fantastic; 60 and sunny.

The day started with breakfast (everything you could want) in the hotel We had a brief introduction to the history of our host city. The entire group then went to see the Sultan Ahmed (Blue) Mosque and the Hagia Sofia temple.

Lunch (Sea Bass and salad) was at a great Cafe. After this, Lynn and I split up. She went back to the hotel and I continued on with the tour. We visited the Sultan’s Palace which was huge and beautiful. It has over 400 rooms and the outside wall extends over 5km.

Finally, I went to visit the Cisterns. This is where they held the water from the aqueducts about six hundred years ago.

After a full day of site seeing, I had only 45 minutes to shower, dress and make the bus for dinner. The meal was excellent. The appetizers where enough of a meal but then they brought two more courses that were very heavy meals themselves. The selection of desserts was great too. Lynn especially liked the belly dancers; both male and female.

Bosphorus River
Bosphorus River
Outside Hagia Sofia
Outside Hagia Sofia
Outside the Mosque
Outside the Mosque
In the Mosque
In the Mosque
Outside the Blue Mosque
Outside the Blue Mosque
The Hagia Sofia
The Hagia Sofia
Mosaic's inside the Sofia
Mosaic's inside the Sofia
The 'Blue' Mosque
The 'Blue' Mosque
Lunch at the Cafe
Lunch at the Cafe
Inside the Cistern
Inside the Cistern
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Dinner with friends

Thanks,
Bob and Lynn

Istanbul – Day 1

We arrived safe and sound. The Hotel is beautiful.

The flight from NY to Turkey was difficult. A passenger got sick about half way across the Atlantic. We had to turn around and land in St John’s Newfoundland. Without being allowed to exit the plane, this added almost five hours to our flight because:

  • 90 minutes to turn around and land
  • 90 minutes to refuel, submit a new flight plan, get the passenger’s luggage out
  • * 90 minutes to get back on track

Once at the hotel, we took a quick nap and went to dinner with Sogeti. That was awesome. The three course meal with salmon, lamb and a great desert.

Landing
Landing
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Mosque
View from Hotel
View from Hotel
View from Hotel
View from Hotel

Very nice so far.

Talk to you soon,
Bob and Lynn