Chuck Hillig's Travel Blog

Well, I'm going to be doing a lot of traveling over the next 6-7 months so I thought that I'd better re-activate my travel blog. The last time I posted anything here was way back in 2006 when I was traveling through SE Asia. Feel free to read my entries back then about my earlier adventures through India,Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, the Philippines and Hong Kong. This time (at least for the next six weeks), I'll be traveling through Greece and Turkey.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Heading home tomorrow....

Yesterday (Sunday) dawned bright and clear (as usual) and so I wanted to go on an all-day boat trip on the Bosphorus.  I went down to the boat docks and bought a ticket for 25 TL (about $US12.50) for a very pleasant 95-minute ride on a large passenger sightseeing boat that traveled up towards the Black Sea to the north.   Along the way, we stopped at several small towns before finally arriving at A.Kavagi, a thoroughly delightful little tourist village with many seaside restaurants specializing in fish dishes of every sort.  The boat stayed there about 2.5 hours so everyone had plenty of time for lunch and shopping.   Looking northward, we could see that the Turks were beginning to construct their third suspension bridge connecting Asia to Europe just before the land widened into the Black Sea.   On the way back, I snapped a nice picture of the sun setting just behind the Suleymaniye Mosque.   Monday will be dedicated to shopping, packing and resting up for the long flight home.  By the time I arrive back to the lake, I probably will have been up for almost 30 hours.  All in all, it's really been a fantastic trip, and I'm looking forward to the next time that I'll be a "stranger in a strange land."

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