We’ve arrived in Istanbul!
The flights went well. Despite BA’s insistence that 90 minutes is adequate, two hours is not enough time to connect in Heathrow. But luckily our second plane left late so we made it – by the skin of our teeth. Due to the terrorist attacks in Paris, security was rather tight. They swabed and examined every bit of electronics…. with courtesy and good natures ….. so despite being frantic to make our onward flight it wasn’t too bad. We enjoyed the flights and the service was great. Heathrow itself leaves a lot to be desired. As airports go – it is not high on my list of efficient, user friendly places.
We are staying on the shore of the Marmara Sea, in old Istanbul. Our hotel is an Ottoman mansion and very pretty. At the moment we are having breakfast on a warm sunny terrace. We were awakened from deep sleeps this morning at an ungodly 6am by a loud and prolonged call to prayer from the nearby minaret. After this musical interlude to our much needed slumbers we were actually able to get back to sleep for a couple more hours so are now feeling rested and ready to explore…..
Stand by for more from sunny warm Istanbul later!