Topic: Turkey September 2010

Visit to Turkey
There's lots of photo's in the FULL STORYof our latest trip http://www.cindysgallery.com/travel/paris/paris1.html but here are a few more of Turkey today. There is a lot of work going on to restore old buildings, the Turks have realized they are sitting on a tourist gold mine. The city has changed but the buildings are still there, the old spare parts area on the way down to the Bosphurous is more touristy but just go back one more street and you can still get a starter motor fixed. The small hotels near the Blue Mosque have gone "Boutique" with roof top dining. The streets are cobbled and choked with traffic and goods are still transported by handcart. Old men still frequent the cafe's, sipping on black tea and puffing on water pipes, away from the tourist trail its as though time has stood still.

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Goreme coach park - those with the blue sticker follow me!

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Lale Pudding Shop - still serving great food

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Railway Station by Bosphurous

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Fried fish boats on Bosphurous

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Articulated trams!

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Evening prayer at Blue Mosque

If you are tempted to go back then do it, you wont be dissapointed. Istanbul has to be one of the most fasinating cities in the world, there history round every corner. You will not have seen the "Cistern" only opened a few years ago it is a hidden gem .