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Istanbul - Day Four – Four Days isn't Quite Enough

Let's get this over with so I can think about writing again. Not many pics this time, sadly.


Day Four – Four Days isn't Quite Enough

We were at a bit of a loss as to what to do today as we didn't have time anything further out, so we went back up to the Hippodrome and to the Museum of Islamic Art – which wasn’t nearly as interesting as it sounded.

It was pretty though:

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The ablutions thingy in the Hippodrome.

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And it was still only 11.00 and we had hours to kill. A Pudding Shop sounded like a good idea. Mmm gloopy chocolate pudding with ground Pistachio, glamorously presented in a tin foil tray, yum.

And that’s about it. Plane was delayed on the taxiway for half an hour. In flight Coq au Vin was ho hum, and nothing like the standard of the fillet steak breakfast we had on the way out. And just when we thought it was all over… there was a major accident on the road to my parent’s house and the taxi had to take us on a massive detour.

And their cats welcomed them with a nice lump of poo on the carpet. Nice.

In all, I liked Istanbul, but I didn’t fall in love with it, not like I fell for Thailand.



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*sigh* I'm so jealous. I think I sort of desperately need a trip, and you saw so many pretty things...

The kind of pretty things you like. ;)

Yep - the museum is rather scenic! And as for the welcome home present from the cats - well bears might do it in the woods, but a pissed off cat will definitely let you know what it thinks about you going off on a break!!

She trailed it along the floor too...

Chocolate pudding you say? :)

See it would all have been wasted on me anyhow.

Loved all the photos, what sort of a lamp did you buy?

It's a small red desktop one with black filigreeish stuff and it takes a tealight. I'd have loved a big one, but it wasn't practical.

Cats have strange ways of showing their affection.

How hot was it over there? Because their trees look more autumnal than ours, which seems a bit strange... (well, strange to my probably uneducated self, anyway).

It was about the same temperature as here, just sunnier.

You know, I was looking at those trees out there, thinking, 'their autumn is a bit behind ours'! But maybe you're right, they have a lot of conifers. Having said that, the day I left, the tree outside my flat was a gorgeous deep red and when I got back the leaves had gone and it was yellow.

A Pudding Shop sounded like a good idea. Mmm gloopy chocolate pudding with ground Pistachio, glamorously presented in a tin foil tray, yum.
::is jealous::

You should be, it was lovely.

I can't believe how many sights you managed to cram into such a short holiday! Glad it wasn't a disappointment to you, and thanks for showing us the photographs!

My mother had a very strict itinerary that my dad and I kept wavering from to her despair. No wonder I'm still knackered.

I've had unexpected relatives visit and not been able to spend much time online. I'm looking forward to looking all of this over though.

I hope it is all good and fun stuff.

Well, it does sound like it was a decent trip overall. The picked pocket was a bummer but all too common, no matter where you are.

Yes, indeed cats feel you need to know their opinion and they aren't shy are they? I use to have a Basenji - he'd jump on the bed and pea when he got mad at you.

Have you got your lamp all set up or are you just sitting in a lump and digesting, a bit like that chocolate pudding?

It was a good trip. My dad is always losing things, so it wasn't quite the trip-ruining experience it could have been.

It's not like they didn't have a litter tray or access to outside. It was a definite opinion!

The lamp is set up, it's a desktop one. I just don't know where to put it.

Yay, you got out of your chicken rut! Coq au Vin doesn't count because it was on a plane and I'm sure there's barely any chicken in it.

Yes, Istanbul seems lovely, but yeah, doesn't sound like a Thailand. Their food doesn't get me as excited as Thailand or Vietnam. Mmmm, yummy!


At least I didn't resort to hamburgers.

I adored Thailand. A country would have to do a heck of a lot to beat that.

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