OK...back to the minibus and on to the Sultan’s Palace, name of which we didn’t recognize. Lots of flashy stuff, even a 4 ½ TON chandelier in a main salon. All the rest of them were smaller:-) Lots of uneven walking throughout the palace. Carpet runners were placed over the parquet floors to preserve them, but each section of the palace was sorta built by this carpenter crew and that one built by another, so none of the sections inside really lined up. There were always steps or ramps to get from one room to the other...kinda annoying and we really had to ‘mind our step.’
Our guide called the ‘lost and found’ for us...our two suitcases have apparently arrived and are on their way up!...no word on the Priven’s suitcase:-( Maybe tomorrow’s flight will have it. The Privens just left to walk over to the small bazaar that is nearby to make some purchases while D and I rest knees. Mike is fearful his suitcase won’t appear!
We have a big day planned back with our guide and minus the couple we had with us today (they are trying out the Turkish baths and getting massages). We have been warned we’ll be walking quite a bit...going to the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, St. Sophia, and I’m not sure where else. Stay tuned...Ciao!
Gladen Horn harbor