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Flying to Istanbul - First views and photos | Istanbul - Sultanahmet photos | Photos: Istanbul Archaeological Museums: Alexander the Great | Istanbul's Bosphorus Cruise | Ankara , its museum, and Aksaray - photos | Cappadocia Balloon Ride Photos | Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Ride VIDEOclips (LOUD) | Cappadocia photos 2 | Cappadocia photos 3 | Photos: Goreme Open Air Museum frescos | Antakya and Mosaic Museum photos | Gaziantep photos, mosaics - Zeugma (Belkis) | Abraham's Pool & Harran - photos | Photos: Mt Nemrut heads, Perre-Perin, and Diyarbakir | Photos: Akdamar Island, Lake Van | Ishak Pasha Sarayi photos | Photos: In search of Noah's Ark - Mt. Ararat | Erzurum photos | Ephesus photos | Ephesus Museum and Selcuk photos | Pergamon acropolis ( Pergamum photos ) | Pergamon Asclepion - Pergamum Aesklepion | Aphrodisias site and museum - photos | Pamukkale photos ( Hierapolis ) | Dalyan photos - Turkey | Dalyan to Kaunos boat - photos | Lycian Telmessos | Kalkan - Kas photos | Photos: Kekova - Simena by Boat | Photos: St. Nicholas church. Old St. Nick origin | Myra, Antalya, Aspendos - photos | The Love Boat (Intro)

Flying to Istanbul - First views and photos


The gallery trip-report begins with Istanbul for various reasons, but the rest of this photo-report is in the chronological order we saw Turkey, starting Sept. 27, 2005 (in Ankara).

  We flew to Turkey from San Francisco with a focus on getting to the fantasy land of Cappadocia, via rental car and driver-guide for the Cappadocia and SouthEast portions of this country (at one point we were only 2 miles from the Iran border). SFO airport photo shows my work-laptop working for the last time that trip. :-)

We arrived, 3-1/2 weeks later, at Istanbul after flying from Antalya and the southwestern Mediterranean area of that country with its beautiful coastal and island scenes.
  These rooftop views on Oct. 21, 2005, from our Fehmi Bey Hotel in Sultanahmet were our introduction to Istanbul.  (Info is added in the next subgallery.)



  As tourist (and viewer) interest in Istanbul is very high, Old Constantinople/Now Istanbul starts this out-of-control trip report.

  I hope that visitors check out some photos of the rest of this very varied country, as it's rich in history and beauty and with very warm, welcoming people who go out of their way to help visitors, in this case 2 American women wandering the country in a rental car.  It was a great trip, and we never encountered a problem (except for road traffic in Urfa, Antalya, and Istanbul).



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Istanbul view from Hotel Fehmi Bey  rooftop 1
Istanbul view from Hotel Fehmi Bey rooftop 1
 Blue Mosque / Sultanahmet Cami  on clearer first  day
Blue Mosque / Sultanahmet Cami on clearer first day
Istanbul view from Hotel Fehmi Bey  rooftop 2
Istanbul view from Hotel Fehmi Bey rooftop 2
Flying to Istanbul  -  Hotel Fehmi Bey  rooftop 3
Flying to Istanbul - Hotel Fehmi Bey rooftop 3
Istanbul view from Hotel Fehmi Bey  rooftop 4
Istanbul view from Hotel Fehmi Bey rooftop 4
Istanbul view from Hotel Fehmi Bey  rooftop 5
Istanbul view from Hotel Fehmi Bey rooftop 5
Istanbul view from Hotel Fehmi Bey  rooftop 6
Istanbul view from Hotel Fehmi Bey rooftop 6
Istanbul view from Hotel Fehmi Bey first night
Istanbul view from Hotel Fehmi Bey first night