and sharing it with the one I love most!
20.03.2010 - 21.03.2010 16 °C
With a long, and thankfully uneventful, flight behind us we arrived in Istanbul at about 5pm Turkish time. The trip consisted of 2 hours from home to Madison Heights to drop the cats off at Laura and Adam's, 3.5 hours from the Heights to Dulles with a few stops on the way (because isn't there always something you forgot to pack?), 7 hours from Dulles to Paris, and finally about 5 hours from Paris to Istanbul. The line was long at passport control, but thankfully moved quickly. Our bags made it unscathed and intact! We got some Turkish Lira and headed out to catch the Metro, was accosted by one of the shuttle van people but I knew better than to take him up on his offer. Metro was a bit packed like sardines at one point and we had to "pardon, pardon" our way off at Zeytenburnu to transfer to the tram. We made it to Sultanahmet with nary a hitch and after a bit of walking around finally found our hotel.
The Doy Doy restaurant was nearby so we chose it for dinner. Tim had the chicken kebab and I had the karseli pide (cheese pide.) I was so proud of myself that I was able to tell the waiter the food was very good in Turkish - çok iyi; and to order two teas as well - iki çay lütfen!
After dinner we took a walk in the cool night air up through the Hippodrome and down Divan Yolu Caddesi to the Grand Bazaar. I knew it was closed but the walk was nice. Istanbul in March is quite different from Istanbul in December or January. It seems more alive. Our walked ended with us splurging on the luxury treatment at Çemberlitaş Hamamı near the Burnt Column. That was the perfect end to a long trip to get here. Now listening to the gulls call on the Marmara and the noises of the city we shall retire for the night so we can take it all in tomorrow!
İyi geceler - Good night!