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Liz and Vicki’s Travel Diary

Monday, 27 Apr 2015

Location: Turkey

MapWe are now staying in Karakoy Beyoglu which is just across Galata bridge in a very central location.The hotel is very comfortable and a good base for next five days, and yes Maggie and Georgie shops close by!!
Yesterday we set off to visit some of the many sights on offer. First up was the Archaeology museums which consisted of the museum of the ancient orient, archaeology museum and Tiled Pavilion. You could spend Hours here, incredible detail on the artefacts especially the Sarcophagi.
Topkapi Palace was next what opulence the Sultans lived in. Incredible architecture and tiling though. On the way back we explored back alleys and found interesting little shops. Being Sunday it seemed like everyone was out doing the same. We feel very safe, the people are friendly and helpful. The men are charming as one said to me after I declined his invitation and told him I was taken said so was he that in Turkey we have a saying "we like to take honey from every flower".

Today we took a cruise up the Bosphorus to the Black Sea, with the aid of an audio guide to explain the sights on the way. We passed palaces, pavilions, mosques, seaside residences. I can assure you they were not baches. We ended up at the seaside village of Anadolou on the edge of the Black Sea. Great coffee and meze. The Bosphorus is one of the most busy waterways, Turkey has had to grant passage between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marama and that means there are 45,000 vessels vying for space carrying all sorts of cargos that present environmental nightmares should one stray off course.
Just off for a walk around the waterfront and dinner.
Love Liz and Vicki xx