Sleepwalking in Istanbul, returning to Cairo

Posted by sue on April 5th, 2007

Just wanted to let everybody know that we made it back to Cairo tonight. We stayed an extra night in New York City—it turned out to be easy to change our tickets and we didn’t feel the need to rush. We caught our overnight flight to Istanbul, Turkey, on Wednesday evening from JFK, then spent the day seeing just a few of Istanbul’s sights (all on the European side of the Strait of Bosporus, though—we realized that we have not yet set foot in Asia). We were both barely able to keep up our tourist march through Istanbul, though, because we didn’t really sleep on the plane the (partial) night before, so we headed back to the airport rather early for our late night flight to Cairo.
General impression of Turkey, though so far we only saw the more touristy areas of its largest city: nicer and cuter than Egypt, but rather expensive.

4 Responses to “Sleepwalking in Istanbul, returning to Cairo”

  1. ahmed Says:

    salmam alikom
    so wilkome back i,m waiting your call len and sue

  2. Cathy Says:

    So what did you sort of see in Istanbul?

  3. sue Says:

    We took public transportation (light rail and a tram) from the airport to what probably are the most famous buildings in Istanbul, the Blue Mosque, a 15th century mosque and Hagia Sophia, a 6th century church converted into a mosque after the Muslim conquest of Constantinople in 1453. Then we walked down to the shore, to see where the Bosporus Strait meets the Sea of Marmara, and had a nice dinner of fresh fish, kofta, and various veggie appetizers. The area between the Blue Mosque/Hagia Sophia zone and the water is a super-cute zone of small hotels and restaurants.

    And that’s about it. I’d very much like to go back to see more of Istanbul and more of Turkey in general, though we’d have to save up. A lot of prices we were seeing for food and drink were just like in Europe, which is expensive on our weak American dollar. But that’s in the tourist zone of Istanbul—I imagine it’s not that expensive elsewhere.

  4. Ramon Says:

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