Arriving in Istanbul Turkey

DSC_0556DSC_0542DSC_0533DSC_0515DSC_0473Main market, IstanbulSea and ships in the bay, view from terraceBlue Mosque from Hotel Albina Terrace

We have been in Istanbul for two days now and both Nic and I really like this place. We arrived on the 4th February and had a good feeling instantly when we searched for the hotel within the Old City.
However travelling from Alexandroupolis in Greece to the Turkish border proved harder than we thought and after one hour of being stuck paying for visas and green cards, spending 165 Euros, we were eventually let through. Somehow Sib, his charm and his South African passport meant he didn’t have to pay for a visa. Not sure how but he managed it saying he thought they didn’t know what a South African passport was!
Meanwhile I was trying to feed Lily rice and soup. She is a fiend for rice and didn’t eat anything else. She was really misbehaving after her lunch, shouting and throwing herself around. After dragging her back to the car kicking and screaming I managed to calm her down with a baby bel and yoghurt. She promptly drifted off to sleep for an hour and a bit. What a relief. I am sure she was just tired but I am really finding it hard to read her due to our routine changing.
It was only 230km from the border to Istanbul. I was dreading the navving in Istanbul especially after the Trieste fiasco. However I managed to get us to our destination and we found the delightful Hotel Albinas within the Old City and minutes from the Blue Mosque and Sultanahmet square. The sun was setting over the Marmara Sea and we let Lily scooter along the promenade, which was lovely apart from the sheer drop into the sea on one side! Lily made quite an impression with the Turks and they all thought this little person scootering around like a mad thing was fabulous!
Nic and I have walked many kilometers since arriving in Istanbul with him pushing Lily around in our hopeless pushchair up gradients of more than 1 in 4. We certainly needed the exercise after driving around 2300 miles. Parking the cars for four days outside the hotel on the cobbled streets has been a blessing.

About nickyturnerphysio

Mother, Physiotherapist, Traveller, Cyclist & Hip Replacement
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6 Responses to Arriving in Istanbul Turkey

  1. Reblogged this on familyinafrica and commented:
    Mrs Admiral, we need to add your name to the face, look forward to your email and nice meeting you, hamba kahle Nic Andela

  2. Lizanne Joubert says:

    HEHE who would have thought the SA passport comes in handy! Or maybe it was just Sib’s charm!

  3. Priscilla Ripa di Meana says:

    Joined this mad family in Istambul with Sib giving me little more than 48 hours to unpack from my December-January Southern African safari/adventure and repack for this trek down East side of the African continent. Cappadocia (cia pronounce Kia !) my favorite so far! Theatened that I WILL be back, in May 2014.

    Am a little apprehensive of this( 4 day ?) delayed ferry we’re taking this morning to Haifa, via Alexandria ! Long way around, not sure why, maybe political reasons!? Then the Israeli border crossing sounds gruesome while ‘they’ will unload both vehicles while ‘they’ look for suspicious items. Istamblue Vodka will aid the border tensions. Sat, 23 Feb. 2013, in Eskenderun, Turkey.

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