On May 4th, 2014
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End of chapter 5. Reaching Istanbul. The facts and figures about Istanbul are jaw dropping. Population over 14 million. Established 7th Century BC etc.. etc… But from a personal point of view I reckon it must be the longest distance of any city end to end spread out over the two continents. To me it seemed like there were two cities to go through before you reached the honey pot tourist centre of the Golden Horn. Each big city area has grown up because of the incredibly narrow strips of land that connects them even before you get to the Bosphorus. Great for many things but a pig on two legs with no engine : )
… and so Chapter 5 ended and a few days later I winged my way home. Gromit needed a repair. I was shattered, but didn’t realise it until we hit lovely Sheffield and my beloved Peak District.
I was confused on reaching Istanbul – there was no sense of elation, no sense of achievement, just a feeling of absolutely flat – Oh OK I’m here. Well done you. But no emotion. It really is a beautiful place from every angle. But as greater people than I have said before…’It’s the people that make the place’ and I say the people here that make this trip.
And they are absolutely great.
…to be continued.