Time always flies too quickly in Istanbul. It was already Sunday morning and our last day. But since the shops were open, of course we went to do some last minute shopping!
About an hour later we got back to the hotel. And hey, the lustres in our lobby are nearly as beautiful as those in the Dolmabahce palace!
Trying to fit more stuff into our suitcases...
Then the ladies got their much deserved round of pampering at this lovely hamam. I couldn't because of my fresh tattoo but they were in good hands here.
Zebras are cool.
Walking on in Cihangir, so many beautiful old buildings and doors.
At the car park
And then, at 6 PM the driver was waiting in front of the hotel to pick us up and drive us to the airport.
Looking back at my second home, the Grand Hotel de Londres. Until next time!
Somehow though I thought this time I could do it since we got to the airport really early. Bad decision. All the standing in line, waiting for receipts to be stamped, then rushing to the next counter to get just a handful of money...
I mean, it certainly was OK for that lady with her new Rolex watch and Chanel bag. But not worth it for my raincoat and bag full of cheap trousers.
So this picture is to remind myself: Don't do it again!
To top it all off, there was heavy traffic at the airport and we waited for about 45 minutes in the airplane until we could finally take off.... At least I was tired enough to get a little sleep on the flight home.
And so ended my 20th trip to Istanbul. Of course there will be number 21 because I left a piece of my heart there long ago...