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94 - Sunny City: Istanbul, Turkey Hotel: Hyatt
Transport: Cable Car - Funicular - Tram - Boat
- Events of the Day
lunch (too late for breakfast), today's route included a aerial cable car that
crosses a large park near the hotel. The old park included fig
trees the size of oak trees. Other areas - including a large
scale fountain system - was pending some restoration.
a 'dropped shoe shine brush in front of a tourist' incident, we arrived
at Tasksim square - location of a hop on-hop off bus start.
Since the city Internet was down, charge cards could not be used
and ATMs were not an option. Continued onto the funicular
(required due to continuous hills) to the tram system.
back to the Golden Horn section and walked to the Spice Market and
Grand Bazaar - Even negotiated prices were not too exciting.
Continued over to the ferry and cruise dock for a 10 Lira boat
cruise up the Bosphoras river. The 2 hour cruise was over in 90
minutes; which, was ok. Picked up a fresh mackerel sandwich from
a docked boat nearby.
the evening at an restaurant along the main street - meal was ok and
not too memorable. However, the host, waiter, and "accountant"
(gentleman parked at a table that handles all transactions - bill and
cash are put in/pulled out of a teak box) stood to say good-bye.
is best at night - coolness with direct and indirect lighting on
buildings, bridges, and mosques. The return trip was "scenic" since
crossing the road to the hotel route was not an option due to high
and fast traffic. Turkish driving would cause NASCAR
drivers to blush - however, honking and forming new lanes is involved.
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