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Go back to Turkey.
Go back to Kas.

We drove back to Antalya with enough time to get the car nicely detailed before returning it. You can beat the shit out of your rental so long as you give it a bit of a cleaning before turning it in; a lesson learned the hard way some years earlier in Oman. We flew back to Istanbul with a day left over for some sightseeing. The usual sights were interesting though access was limited for variety of reasons but the highlight by far was a visit to the baklava bakery reputed to be the best in the city (if not the country). What Hong Kong did to us in terms of dim sum, Istanbul did the same with baklava. Truly a religious experience and one that has ruined us.

Photos

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Shirley on a spiral staircase in our interesting little hotel in the Sultanahmet neighborhood of Istanbul (August 2020).

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A table for four please. Our charming (and totally devoid of other visitors) hotel in Sultanahmet (August 2020).

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Starting our Istanbul city tour with Ozgur our pre-hired guide. Hagia Sophia – the first stop – is in the background (August 2020).

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Hagia Sophia (August 2020).

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Shirley and Ozgur in Hagia Sophia (August 2020).

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Hagia Sophia (August 2020).

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Hagia Sophia (August 2020).

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Hagia Sophia (August 2020).

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Hagia Sophia (August 2020).

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Hagia Sophia (August 2020).

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Hagia Sophia (August 2020).

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Hagia Sophia (August 2020).

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Shirley at the gates of Hagia Sophia (August 2020).

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Hagia Sophia (August 2020).

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Basilica Cistern (August 2020).

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Basilica Cistern (August 2020).

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Basilica Cistern (August 2020).

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A Medusa in Basilica Cistern (August 2020).

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A different Medusa (August 2020).

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Basilica Cistern…yeah, exactly what it sounds like (the cistern, not the basilica part; August 2020).

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A feline on the Hippodrome (August 2020).

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Shirley and Ozgur on the Hippodrome (August 2020).

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The Blue Mosque (August 2020).

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Shirley and Ozgur at the Blue Mosque (August 2020).

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The Blue Mosque from the inside. This was the roughly 10% of the interior that was not undergoing a renovation and was therefore not covered up (August 2020).

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Ozgur, Shirley, and the Blue Mosque (August 2020).

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The Egyptian obelisk on the Hippodrome (August 2020).

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Admiring the obelisk on the Hippodrome (August 2020).

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On the Hippodrome (August 2020).

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Istanbul randomness (August 2020).

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Union break (August 2020).

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Topkapi Palace (August 2020).

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Topkapi Palace (August 2020).

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Topkapi Palace (August 2020).

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Shirley and Ozgur at The Grand Bazaar (August 2020).

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The Grand Bazaar (August 2020).

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At The Grand Bazaar. It’s like catching someone with their eyes closed while shooting a photo. Not sure what the discussion was about but it looks funny considering what a nice guy Ozgur was (August 2020).

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At The Grand Bazaar (August 2020).

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The Grand Bazaar (August 2020).

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The colorful Grand Bazaar (August 2020).

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At The Grand Bazaar (August 2020).

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The Grand Bazaar (August 2020).

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Street views on the way to the Spice Bazaar (August 2020).

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On the short walk from The Grand Bazaar to the Spice Market. Must be a going back to school sale (August 2020).

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More street scenes (August 2020).

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Randomness (August 2020).

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The conservative and the secular (August 2020).

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At The Spice Bazaar (August 2020).

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Spice Bazaar (August 2020).

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Spice Bazaar (August 2020).

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Istanbul’s light rail (August 2020).

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Catching the light rail en route to the best baklava shop in Istanbul with Ozgur (August 2020).

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Shirley and our Istanbul city guide, Ozgur, digging into the best baklava on the planet (August 2020).

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Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait (August 2020).

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The European side of the Bosphorus in Istanbul (August 2020).

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15 July Martyrs Bridge (European side) over the Bosphorus (August 2020).

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European side of the Bosphorus (August 2020).

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The European side bridgehead of the 15 July Martyrs Bridge over the Bosphorus in Istanbul (August 2020).

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More Bosphorus sights (August 2020).

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No port city roughness here (anymore?) – multimillion dollar real estate lines the Bosphorus in Istanbul (August 2020).

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Maiden’s Tower (August 2020).

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Maiden’s Tower on the Bosphorus in Istanbul. Also called Tower of Leandros (August 2020).

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The Blue Mosque in the evening (August 2020).

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Hagia Sophia at night (as we take a stroll in search of what would turn out to be a pretty damn good Malaysian place; August 2020).

Go back to Turkey.