Our flight was good but the weather was quite bad and terbulance almost all the way. I was quite sleepy that I didn't care. I read my doa and prayed for Allah to protect all of us. It was quite bad that the airline crew kept announcing ways to "throw up" .. I really thought I was dreaming but when my sil told me that it was real, then only I realize how serious it actually was. But alhamdulillah we were really comfortable all the way. Kids slept pretty much the whole time too.
When we arrived, we had some problems at the airport. We requested a wheelchair for my mil but somehow it took so long for them to come with the wheelchair that my mil had to walk anyway. Such a long walk too. Poor thing.
I booked a tour via World Discovery travel agency and was told that a Merc 15 seater will come to pick us up. But what came was a 20+ seater bus. It was so big! LOL. Too big for us but that is our transport for the Istanbul trip. Apparently the local travel agent didn't have anymore small cars. There's 10 of us and half the bus is empty. Kids love it because they get to run!
I'm so bad at remembering names so let me let the photos do the talking...
Then we went to Topkapi Palace. It was a good walk around the palace.
After that we went to our hotel. Our rooms were not ready yet so we had to wait for awhile. Rooms are a very good size. Initially we planned to stay at the Grand Hyatt but at the last minute, we switched to Shangri La. It was highly recommended by someone. I love how big the rooms are and how small the hotel is.
After we checked in, mil wanted to rest. While she was resting, jetlagged, we all walk to the nearby shopping area. We decided to go for dinner then as mil was not hungry and didn't want to eat.
There was so many cafes, kebab type restaurant but somehow we ended up at this restaurant. Small restaurant but food was quite alright.
I'm not a salad person but this onion thingy is delicious.
We walked around town and found really cool stuff to eat but didn't buy because I was too full.
Went back to the hotel and slept quite early. Thank god everyone was tired and jetlagged too. We slept from about 8pm local time till about 6am.
End of day 1