June 9, 2016

Eeeeeek.  The secret squirrel page!  This is so exciting.  Not only a wonderful trip to look forward to, but your company as well!  I am so grateful for your faith in me - I'll do my utmost to make this experience live up to your expectations.  But no misbehaviour in t...

June 9, 2016

This email is mainly about some technical website stuff.  

 

a.  I just accidentally deleted all your lovely comments under my first diary post (no don’t ask how.  I’m hoping that SUPPORT can help me to get them back.  That post looks very lonely without all your happy c...

June 9, 2016

I’m a slight control freak as you might have guessed from the level of detail in that packing guide.  Except, once I have things down clearly, then I am quite happy to spontaneously depart from plans, knowing there’s the security of the planned fallback behind me.  Mak...

June 9, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Have you noticed how time seems to speed up when a trip is approaching?  How the chores seem to grow exponentially?  And a slight feeling of panic starts in the pit of your stomach?  How will I have time to have a pedicure?  All the really important stuff!...

June 9, 2016

 

Gosh it’s getting so close!  I’m about to leave home ahead of the trip.  I’ll stay with my mother for a few days and then we leave from Brissie on Sunday.  Hair and nails to be done in between - I can’t look anything but coiffed and soignée if I’m going to be your tou...

June 9, 2016

 

My darling travellers

 

We arrived at 4.30am to Ataturk airport.  It’s now after midnight - you can imagine how much sense I am making 😜.  

 

I’ve negotiated the maze of electrical cords under the desk in my hotel room - it looks like a nightmare, but the phone is h...

June 9, 2016

 

 My darling travellers

 

Carolyn and I have just had a drink in the bar downstairs - apparently there are some very good Turkish wines, but I had to have a pinot grigio from the Veneto (after your tutoring Carolyna!).  Carolyn loves gin and soda on lots of ice.  But I’l...

June 9, 2016

 

Hello darling travellers

 

It's actually tomorrow as I wrote this last night but was a little too tired to finish it:  (Does that sound Irish???)  

 

Another largish day today - I'm sure you are as exhausted as I am.  😉

 

We were back at the hotel by 9 tonight to debr...

June 9, 2016

 

Frankly I had an idea that whirling dervishes in this modern age were some sort of cheapened but fun entertainment version of an old practice.  I had no idea that it is still a deeply religious ceremony.   So I was poorly prepared for the performance last night.  Whic...

June 9, 2016

Today was our first day on our own.  A day of challenges alone in the big city.  

 

I don’t know about you, but machines which dispense tickets are a mystery to me.  I approach them with fear every time even in Australia.  I stand there and look at instructions and...

June 9, 2016

 

 Hello travelling buddies!  It's Friday evening and today was a magical day.  

 

We came to Hazz in Galatasaray, far too early for checkin, as four English guests were only just departing.  Hazz has been created, is owned and run as a guest house at her discretion,...

June 9, 2016

Dear Travelling buddies

 

After an easy day we had a very enjoyable dinner last night with Cally's cousin and wife at a nearby restaurant.  Asli invited us to bring them back to Hazz for a post-dinner drink - such a gracious and generous hostess - surely exhausted after...

June 9, 2016

It’s 5pm on Sunday afternoon..  I’m sitting up on the bed with my laptop on my knee and this is my view - you can see the Hagia Sophia in the distance.  And Asli, our hostess, has joined our little band of travellers, so I had better make this post good!  

 

 

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June 9, 2016

We've opted to stay at home this morning rather than shopping the Grand Bazaar and the Spice market again.  I just want to soak up Hazz before we go...

 

Lying here looking at that beautiful view again and musing on things I have forgotten to tell you.  Here are just som...

June 9, 2016

 

I can’t believe that I only posted yesterday.  It seems about a week ago.  I can’t remember a more eventful 24 hours. 

 

We have flown from Istanbul to Cappadocia, arrived at a hotel we loathed, had one of the best experiences of my life in a hot air balloon,...

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