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Trip Report Short trip to Istanbul, 10/13

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My husband and I are staying our first night in Istanbul tonight, and plan to be here another six nights. We flew out of Atlanta about 4 pm yesterday to Rome, where we had a lengthy layover, and so it took us till late this afternoon to check in at the Istanbul Hilton, get settled in, and head back out for an early dinner, which was as far as our ambitions took us today. Tomorrow we plan to get an early start to go and see the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and perhaps the Grand Bazaar. My hope is to see the Hagia Sophia several times during this visit.

Neither of us has been to Turkey before, and we have seen a couple of things that have gotten our attention, like the security guard who greeted our taxi as it approached the hotel, and went around the car with some sort of long baton. My husband thinks it was intended to detect any sort of explosive material.

The Istanbul Hilton has a long and quite glamorous history, and its lobby is that of a grand hotel. Our room is plainer, certainly.

Dinner tonight was at Borsa, a restaurant quite close to the Hilton. It's a restaurant I saw recommended by otherchelebi, a Fodorite who lives in Turkey. Fortunate recommendation! My arugula salad and lamb-filled tortellini covered in a yogurt sauce made for a very good dinner, and my husband enjoyed his lamb chops a great deal!

I'm happy to say that my jet-lag prevention strategy worked today! Morning over Rome did feel like morning, and daytime in Turkey did feel like the day, thanks to changing my circadian rhythms. But even though I got some sleep on the plan, I'm now plenty tired enough for bed at 8:25 pm.

More trip report tomorrow!

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