East meets West

So my plan for this trip was to just hang around Istanbul for a week. I read RICK STEVES ISTANBUL and figured I could see everything I wanted to see in a week without waking up early every morning and being exhausted at the end of the trip. WRONG!

So my plan for this trip was to just hang around Istanbul for a week. I found a hotel in a very good location at an affordable price. I read RICK STEVES ISTANBUL and figured I could see everything I wanted to see in a week without waking up early every morning and being exhausted at the end of the trip. WRONG! Before I even made it to my hotel, I wandered into on of those offices that sells tours and had a 4 day excursion planned before I even got to my hotel. I enjoyed Istanbul. The people were probably the friendliest I’ve experienced in my travels so far. ┬áThe food was good, but became repetitive after a week.
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Anzak Koyu

The place of Churchill’s disgrace, but it goes to show that you can always bounce back from failure. This was the closest I’ve ever been to Greece.

The place of Churchill’s disgrace, but it goes to show that you can always bounce back from failure. This was the closest I’ve ever been to Greece. My original plan for this trip was to visit Greece instead, but when I ran the numbers, Turkey cost less than half of what I would have spent in Greece. I will still visit Greece someday though!

Ancient ruins of Ephesus

I was looking forward to riding a long distance train, but was told that buses are a better option in Turkey. That, the call to prayer and everything being less expensive were the three main differences I noticed between Turkey and the European countries I’ve visited.

I remember seeing something like this in Rome back in 2003, but it was more in the center of the city. I was looking forward to riding a long distance train, but was told that buses are a better option in Turkey. That, the call to prayer and everything being less expensive were the three main differences I noticed between Turkey and the European countries I’ve visited.

So much for hanging out in Istanbul and relaxing all week

I slept in a cave…..it sounds so much more daring than it actually was.

I slept in a cave…..it sounds so much more daring than it actually was. It was basically a hotel that looked different on the outside. My favorite part of my stay there was sitting on the couch with the family that owned the hotel & watching Turkish TV with them.
Another thing I remember about my stay in this “cave” was listening to Ice-T’s ICEBERG cd in my room. I still consider that one of my favorite albums.
A Croatian & Japanese woman that were on the same tour.