Monday, May 3, 2010

Turkey Greece and Baltic Tour

We have started on another adventure.
After a week touring a bit of France we headed back for Amsterdam and met up with Angela, Cherryl, Les and Robin and Lorna. We spent a lovely evening dining on pizza that we ordered in.
The next day we were all excited to meet Yvonne, Anne, Margy, Warren and Jenny at Amsterdam Airport on our way to Istanbul.

Istanbul greeted us with sunshine and perfect touring weather. We got the important things out of the way...1st stop the Grand Bazaar.
You really can't explain the Grand Bazaar. 4000 shops and 1000 different alley ways, lovely Turkish men trying to sell you their wares, just some many beautiful things.
We could trust Angela to be a shopping warrior, coming back with 3 bags after only 1 1/2 hours. We are so very proud of her!

The following day, touring the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and to Palace was magic. The weather was perfect and the shear wonder of the fights and history had everyone mesmorised.
We finished the day witha visit at the spice market and then the tradtional stop for a beer under the Galata Bridge.
Our hotel was well located so we were able stroll along a beautiful promenade which was originally built druing the 1800's with French and Italian influence. Good food and good entertainment.

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