Day 12 – From Istanbul to Sofia, Bulgaria, Crossing the Border Again

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August 12, 2012: Today we started our journey back from Istanbul to London. We were so much glad that our first half of the journey, from London to Istanbul went very well and were hoping that the return back to London also goes well. As we had parked our car at the Turkish border out […]

Day 11 – Taksim Square, Shops and Street Performers

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August 11, 2012: The Taksim Square was a walking distance from our hotel. On our way back from the boat ride we arrived at the Taksim square. It is the main hub of all the activities in this part of Istanbul. The tourists are delighted to see shops, protestors, and the street performers here. Taksim […]

Day 11 – The Bosphorus Strait, the Black Sea, the Sea of Marmara and the Boat Ride

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August 11, 2012 The boat ride we took to see the Bosphorus bridge was the most refreshing boat rides we had taken. Not only it lasted for 1.5 hours but it also offered one of the most beautiful coastal views. The feeling of being in this part of the world on a boat near the […]

Day 11 – The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul

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August 11, 2012: The day started with Dr. Arpad and wife picking us from our hotel. We went through the city to get to the Grand Bazaar. It was indeed a very unique experience. The Grand Bazaar is a huge market all covered and shops of all possible things a tourist can think of. The […]

Day 10 – The Dinner at our Host’s House in Istanbul

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August 10, 2012: Dr. Arpad and his wife Isil made all of us feel at home in Istanbul. There were there with us for tow days and showed us Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, and found for us a very nice boat ride to Bosphorus bridge. Isil had prepared a very […]

Day 10 – Istanbul, Topkapi Palace and the Bosphorus Strait

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August 10, 2012: The Topkapi Palace was so big that is was impossible to see everything in one day. After few hours we rested in a very elegant restaurant set at the east side of the palace overlooking the Sea of Marmara. From here we could see the famous Bosphorus bridge. We had a wonderful […]

Day 10 – Istanbul, the Topkapi Palace, the Zenith of Ottoman Empire

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August 10, 2012: After visiting the┬áSultan Ahmed Mosque (the Blue Mosque) we wanted to visit the Hagia Sophia which was across the mosque but the line was too long so we decided to proceed to Topkapi Palace. In this palace there were so many things to see. It took several hours to go through different […]

Day 10 – Our Host, Tour of Istanbul, Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Hagia Sofia

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August 10, 2012 In Istanbul there was so much to see and we wanted to get the most out of our time there. We were very fortunate to have Dr. Arpad and his wife Isil as our hosts. They were so gracious to take us for two days to show us as much of Istanbul […]

Day 9 – The most expensive dinner at the least expensive restaurant

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August 9th, 2012: After a long day coming from Bulgaria to Istanbul and many hours at the border we really wanted a good authentic Turkish Dinner with Kebab and Rice. We asked the concierge at the hotel. They recommended a restaurant called “HAACCI BABA” (pronounced Haji Baba). With the name and the location near the […]

Day 9 – The Day We Entered Turkey

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At 1:10 pm on August 9, 2012 we entered Turkey. After 9 days on the road from London, traveling 2,192 miles we were crossing the border of Bulgaria and entering Turkey on a warm, bright and a sunny afternoon. The familiar red flag of Turkey with its crescent was everywhere on the buildings on the […]