Brotherland - Turkey (Antalya and Istanbul)
By the time we landed in Istanbul; the boys were doing well. And so, everything came back to normal and we were back to our tourist mode. Istanbul was colder as compared to Antalya.
In Antalya, we stayed in the Medittera Art Otel – small one but with beautiful interior and comes with a pool. It is located in the center of the Old Kaleici town i.e. 10 minutes walk in the south will get you to Marina beach and 5 minutes walk in the North will take you to the clock tower, nearby hotels and historical landmarks. You can take nice long walks in the evening and at night. Hotel buildings are quite old but they have renovated and restored them quite artistically. They certainly have a good taste for interior and exterior designing.
Both of us had our own time of silence; while focusing on the waves hitting the shores. And then the two of us played a little game; how far you can throw the stones in the water. Of course, Wajahat won! But he told me the trick; so in the end I was at least able to throw them in the water Sometimes, it is good to be kids again and especially when you have a kid along; who also liked this place and was busy playing with himself and his toys.
Shazil also received toys on one of his Turkish Airlines flight – and that kept him busy during the flight. The rest of the flights’ attendants thought he is too small for it so I kept him busy with his own toys.
Anyways, this was the third time we were going to be at the Ataturk Airport and finally we left the airport for roaming around in Istanbul. We reach our hotel by 10 AM only to know that the check-in time is 2 PM. (Thanks to our tour operator again). But it actually worked in our favor as we had no choice for taking rest; we just changed Shazil’s diaper at their reception area and left for visiting the three most beautiful places i.e. Galata Kulesi, Miniaturk and Suleymaniye Camii.
(I will be writing in detail about these places in my next article. Stay Tuned!)
These two guys were hanging around at new Istanbul Airport – and I was so tired of asking people for taking our family picture so I preferred to take this one!