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More Adventures in Istanbul

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It turns out this place is kind of big. 17 million people jammed along the banks of the Bosphorus River. We have wandered around getting lost in all sorts of streets and markets and needed a break so jumped on a ferry that runs up the River to some relative peace and countryside. The riverside is pretty amazing as, even in the city center, there are mosques, palaces and giant houses that have maintained large amounts of amazing trees and open space. At the end of the line we jump off and grab a quick bite (for real this time, we are still full from last night) and then head off to climb a mountain and explore a castle.
Back at our hotel hours later we decide it is time for a hookah and a backgammon tournament, both are very easy to find. The streets are full of entertainment of every kind, we seem very safe in this area, although I think they guy that charged me 12 TL for polishing my running shoes might have scammed me, how could I turn down his offer as it came with a 3 year guarantee!?

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Posted by colincampbell 17:41 Archived in Turkey

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How crazy are all the jelly fish in the Bosphorous!?! Hope you guys are having fun! If you haven't tried it already, the apple tea and turkish delight are awesome!

by Chris

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