Carpet Weaving School

We took a break from visiting the ruins after lunch to learn about carpet weaving. Turkish carpets are highly valued and heavily promoted, especially in Istanbul. If you are not careful, you will be invited into a shop by an over friendly owner, who speaks perfect British English, offered tea, and then given a hard-sale... Continue Reading →

Thundar in Istanbul

Thundar had a very busy day escorting Brinanna and Chad through the historic old city of Istanbul. He led our group to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the palace of the sultans. As you can see, he was eager to have his photo taken.

The Bade Hotel

http://badehotels.comThis is our home for the next few days.  Lovely place.  Often websites images over state the beauty of an establishment.  Not in this case.  The Bade is a relaxing respite from the crowded streets of the city.  While it does not offer the amenities of larger hotels, it is situated in the heart of... Continue Reading →

Found a small cafe near the hotel. Enjoyed a chicken dish, with soup and rice.

Tour Summary

Our departure is fast approaching and I hope that the weather allows us to make our connections.  Looking forward to exploring more of Turkey.  Below is our itinerary: Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul Day 2: Tour Istanbul: St. Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar Day 3: Istanbul and Cappadocia: Spice Market, Bosphorus... Continue Reading →

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