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Jun 3, 2019 - A tour and more

Up at 7:00 and our guide – Hatice – was there early. We went and had a quick breakfast and off on the tour! We started off by going through the hippodrome and were told about the chariot races that were held in the Eastern Roman Empire. Then to the Blue Mosque and Kitty put on a scarf and in we went. It was under extensive renovation, but still a massive building. Hatice took some pictures of us in the masque as well. Then outside and to the Basilica Cistern. With a guide we could “skip the line” so we went right it. It too was under...

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Jun 2, 2019 - Istanbul from early morning to late at night

We arrived at the airport about 5:00 AM and went through passport and customs with no issues. Said goodbye to James then we met our transport at the gate. Packed bags and off to the hotel Sultanhill. We got there and they did have a room for us, so we dropped off all our stuff and had breakfast at the hotel – which was quite simple but good. We could see one of the minarets of the Blue Masque under construction from the room, and the Bosporus. Then we took a walk through the hippodrome and there were many tents set up to celebrate the end...

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Aug 3, 2018 - Istanbul

We had a leisurely drive to the airport in Istanbul where we returned our rental car and connected with our flight to the next leg of our Asia Minor travels. Unlike the difficulty we experienced when picking up the rental car the return went as smooth as silk and we were soon inside the terminal doing what all travellers enjoy the most, waiting for a flight.

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Nov 13, 2017 - Istanbul (In Transit)

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD On our way to Tbilisi our flight into Istanbul was delayed by one hour, but it meant that we missed our onward flight to Georgia. Turkish Airlines put us up in a five-star hotel with a stupendous view of the Sea of Marmara. As we flew across the Black Sea to Istanbul, we almost wished our flight was late, so we could have a lovely overnight stay once again. The three-month visas that we had been forced to purchase were still valid (although we had been more than compensated for their purchase), so we wouldn’t...

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Oct 19, 2017 - Istanbul (In Transit)

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD Our flight from Zurich to Istanbul was delayed by one hour and in the end, we missed our connection on to Tbilisi, Georgia. There are only two flights a day, and ours was the later flight so we ended up having to spend the night and fly the next day. In some ways, it was a better itinerary, as the flight we were supposed to take left Istanbul in the wee hours of the morning and we were scheduled to arrive in Tbilisi at 4:30am. Fortunately, I had established a WhatsApp link with our AirBnB host and was able to let...

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Feb 14, 2017 - Entebbe, Uganda

Turkish Air provides first-rate service and after our two uneventful flights, we arrived at Entebbe at 03:02 Feb14th. Efficient pick-up by Paul of the "YUL x 4" Party got us to Protea Hotel  and later in a.m. taken by Steve to Lake Victoria Serena Hotel outside Entebbe on Lake Victoria and is a very nice hotel, Beautiful rooms, friendly Staff but lacks in the food department. Picturesque overlooking the lake and situated on a golf course. After one-day vegging went to Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Ngamba Island one hour off shore and just across...

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Feb 13, 2017 - Stop over in Istanbul

Might as well get some angst out of the way early on! First scare of trip was two-hour snow delay in Montreal due to snowstorm!  Sat at de-icing station for ages while the plows removed the snow from the taxi –lanes. With three-hour connection in Istanbul it seemed obvious that our just-in-case Turkey Visas were to come in handy.   Got to arrivals Gate 213 in Istanbul with ten minutes to spare before boarding at Gate 214 for takeoff of connecting flight to Entebbe.  Thanks to Claudio's App he was able to tell that flight departure was one...

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Oct 14, 2016 - Turkey ... ISTB - Taksim Sq & Istiklal St.

Taksim Square is situated in the European part of Istanbul and is a major tourist and leisure district famed for its restaurants, shops, and hotels. It is considered the heart of modern Istanbul, with it being the central station of the Metro network and the top of the famous Istiklal Street. (a pedestrian street, 1.4 kilometers long, which houses boutiques, music stores, bookstores, art galleries, cinemas, theatres, libraries, cafés, pubs, night clubs with live music, historical patisseries, chocolateries and restaurants ... and...

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Oct 12, 2016 - Turkey ... ISTB - Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia

The Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) ... was constructed between 1609 and 1616 and today is not only a functioning mosque, but also a very popular tourist site. 20,000 Incredible hand-painted blue tiles cover the mosque’s interior walls and more than 200 stained glass windows allow in light. At night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes. Women are allowed inside the inner square as well inside the mosque for prayers, but must be covered with a head scarf and no skin...

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Oct 11, 2016 - Turkey ... ISTB-Grand Bazaar & Spice Market

The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. It has 67 covered streets (which bear the name of the sellers of a particular good) and over 4,000 shops. It also has several squares used for the daily prayers, 5 mosques, 7 fountains, 18 gates which are opened each day in the morning and closed in the evening. They estimate that between 250,000 and 400,000 people visit daily, depending on the season. In 2014, it was listed No.1 among world's most-visited tourist attractions with over 91 million visitors. It is...

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Oct 10, 2016 - Turkey ... Istanbul (ISTB) - Around Town

We arrived in Istanbul after a good flight from Dubrovnik ... no problems and our first impression was how helpful and friendly people were. Istanbul is the only city in the world that sits on two continents. It straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. When you walk around the old city, the architecture, people and food reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. Roman, Greek, Egyptian, Venetians, Ottoman, Turkish. It is a city that hits all your senses. The prayers playing over huge loud speakers 5...

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Jun 18, 2016 - Istanbul - last day

Upon arrival last Wednesday we decided to book ourselves on two tours. One, a must from my perspective and thankfully Rose agreed, that would be the cruise of the Bosporus. The second was a ½ day walking tour of some of the “regular” sites in Sultanahmet the old part of Euro Istanbul. We did so thinking that even though we may not have as much historical motivation during the waning days of our “tour”, by making this booking we would have at least some commitment to get out there on our last day. HA! I must admit that we are not big fans of...

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