Sunday, September 13, 2015

Travel Day One - Our Excellent Adventure

Our journey from San Diego to Istanbul started at 4 AM, with the arrival of our car service.  We quickly got to the airport, and made it to the United Club before it opened.  Our flight from San Diego to Washington Dulles was quick and comfortable.  We had a two hour break before boarding the Big Plane for the hop across the pond.  The flight from Dulles to Frankfurt was only 6 hours; I was able to sleep through most of it!  We were fortunate to have a golf cart to transport us to our next gate, which was conveniently located next to another airport lounge.  This German-style lounge offered a great buffet including coldcuts, scrambled eggs with fresh chives for sprinking, yogurt, fresh fruit, lots of coffee and tea, and even though it was before 08:00 beer on tap, and self-serve wine and spirits.  While we relaxed, servers circulated offering guava smoothies.

The flight from Frankfurt to Istanbul was only about three hours; after retrieving our bags we were met by a Regent representative and driven through the city to our hotel, which has a great location close to the golden horn.

After taking a quick nap, we headed to the rooftop restaurant for a quick dinner.  I start my day tomorrow with a visit to the Hotel Spa before we do some touring on our own!

Here are some shots from the Hotel's rooftop restaurant:

Fireworks over the Golden Horn, from the rooftop restaurnt

View of the Sultanhmet mosque in the background

Beautiful selection of meze (salad-type appetizers)

A sample of some of the delicious Meze we shared

Sultanahmet Mosque lit up at night

Sunset over the golden horn

Partial view from hotel roof


  1. Joan, you're making me jealous! :)

    I have a good friend who's been living in Turkey for about 4 months now, and she loves it! I hope you do too!

  2. Joan that's a beautiful picture of you! I hope you both enjoy your adventure.

  3. thanks! working on next post from today!

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