Istanbul, Turkey

  • Date
  • 16 February 1999
  • Lodging
  • Hyatt Regency Istanbul
  • Distance
  • 771 KM
  • Total
  • 7560 KM

Up early 6:20 a.m. for 7 a.m. departure. I slept poorly probably because I was anxious about sleeping in Yugoslavia. Breakfast included boiled egg, thick bun of bread with butter and jam, cheese, orange juice and coffee. The meal was not great, but perhaps we are spoiled after the wonderful breakfasts in Hungary, Austria and Germany. The coffee, which looked like thick chocolate syrup, was the thickest brew I had ever seen. My cup was half full and I poured milk to the top of the cup and it still looked brown! Surprisingly the coffee was delicious and sweet even – it’s the Turkish influence already.