Day 17, May 27: Two nights before flight from Santorini to Turkey we experienced a strange “Red Rain”. The whole island was dusted heavily with a reddish fine dirt which came with the night’s rain. It reported was dust from Africa mixed into the rain.
Pilots took a few hours to attempt cleaning this dirt off of the airplanes. Despite the efforts…we took off with dirty airplanes and actually hoped for some clean rain clouds to help wash them. Destination: Corlu, Turkey…about 2 hour drive to Istanbul. We could not get a “slot time” at the main airport (Ataturk) unless we arrived at 0430 (am!!).
Day 18, May 28:
Turkey actually has many agricultural fields and the country is self-sustaining in regards to food.
Istanbul is a fascinating city which is home to empires and the crossroads of two continents. Turkey’s complex beauty is borne of history – layer upon layer of history. Hittites, Hellenists, Romans, Byzantines, Selcuk Turks and Ottomans all left their mark on this geographically strategic land – and the result is magical.
Our Hotel: Cirigan Palace on the Bosphorus–is a beautiful setting!