Istanbul 2 – 24 May 13

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Ahrida

Send your passport details to the Turkish Jewish Security at least a week before your visit. You will be given an appointment time.

Mehmet’s driver takes me to the Ahrida Synagogue.

I walk to the Jewish Museum, some distance away near the Galata Tower.

Jewish Museum Istanbul

The Jewish Museum which I visited two years ago

The short walk to the Ashkenazi Synagogue where I meet Rabbi Aaron Edili

Ashkenazi

Walking around the Galata area

Across the bridge to the Golden Horn

The Spice Market, the Grand Bazaar and surrounds.

Grand Bazaar

My first visit to a Turkish Bath!

Cagaloglu

The walk around the Golden Horn, back to Taksim and the Metro to Kanyon

The driver takes me to Mehmet’s place at Kemer Country where I meet my other Turkish second cousins at a barbie.

Ahmet and Pinar – Mehmet’s brother and wife whom I met in 2011.

Cihad and Seda

Haluk and Sena

They were delightful and it was a lovely fun evening.

I discover that Cihad and Seda have a daughter, Selen, doing her post doc in Neuroscience at the UNSW in Sydney.

 

Mehmet’s intro

 

The next morning – delicious breakfast with Mehmet and Billur before leaving for London

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