Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Touch down!

This morning, Mike and I woke up bright and early to beat the Tel Aviv heat and get to Ben Gurion Airport by 6:45 am. We passed through security and passport control quickly and took a short Turkish airlines flight to Istanbul.

We were able to take the metro and the tram from Ataturk International Airport to the Sultanahmet area without any difficulties and checked into the tiny but comfortable Mavi Guest House on a quiet, tree-lined, cobblestone street.

We explored the area for the rest of the day - and we are in a fantastic area - the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar are within walking distance. There is also a laundromat nearby which is great. I packed very little clothing and it became a bio-hazard rather quickly in the Middle Eastern climate.

The evening has been fun: we have been watching a football game with some very passionate Turks! I am getting to be addicted to the sport, but it is hard not to be on this side of the world.

Istanbul is such a beautiful city. Stay tuned for photos!

1 comment:

  1. YAY!! you are on the last leg of the trip. So far seems very exciting.