Friday, December 27, 2013

Breakfast buffet at Capital Hotel

Like most hotels in Turkey, Capital had the breakfast included in the room package.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Reaching Capital Hotel, Ankara

There was a free bus to Ulus. Walked to Capital Hotel from the point the free shuttle dropped us at.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Crossing Bosphorus

Crossing Bosphorus strait and entering Asia.  Have visited Suez but the Suez Canal bridge was not there then.  Since Suez is a man-made canal it should have made more sense to first build the bridge and then dig the canal.
Like Turkey, Egypt too spans over two continents.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Bus to Ankara

Istanbul to Ankara is just over 6 hours.  We used the 'Metro' bus service.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Istanbul Metro

Getting up one morning and deciding to go to Ankara.  Because of major ongoing railroad work on Istanbul-Ankara segment there were no trains between those cities.  We took metro to reach the Otogar.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

Occupy Taksim Square

I was curious to find out what those Taksim Square protests were like.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Ramzan in Istanbul

From our hotel room balcony, I would see these men gather every evening in the backyard of a restaurant.  Waiters would start putting food on their tables; these men would wait and then start eating at the end of their roza (the iftar time).  Was it all just cultural and none of them was really fasting?

Friday, August 30, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Turkish Lira

At the Istanbul AtaTurk airport the best option to get Turkish Liras is to use one of the many ATMs located just outside the Arrivals.  July 2013: 1 USD= 1.95 Turkish Lira.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Istanbul AtaTurk Airport

Outside the arrival lounge.  Among the signs held by the waiting people, there was one for 'Imran Khan' too.

Friday, August 23, 2013

CalTrain-BART to SFO

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, or with a single CalTrain ride.