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My Stray Cat Expedition in Istanbul, Turkey – Day 7

My Stray Cat Expedition in Istanbul, Turkey – Day 7 (continued from Day 6)Dr. Arnold Plotnick (click pictures to enlarge) Tuesday It’s our last day in Istanbul.  Sigh.  When I booked the flight, I had originally planned on taking the 11:00 a.m. flight, bringing us back into NYC  at 2:30 p.m.  Instead, accidentally, I booked the 5:15 p.m. flight.  Once…

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My Stray Cat Expedition in Istanbul, Turkey – Day 6

My Stray Cat Expedition in Istanbul, Turkey – Day 6 (continued from Day 5 part 2)Dr. Arnold Plotnick (click pictures to enlarge)   Monday             Monday was our last full day in Istanbul.  Today, the plan is to take a cruise up the Bosphorus.  Anyone who’s read Orhan Pamuk’s book, “Istanbul” knows the importance the Bosphorus Strait plays in the…

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My Stray Cat Expedition in Istanbul, Turkey – Day 5, Part 2

My Stray Cat Expedition in Istanbul, Turkey – Day 5, part 2 (continued from Day 5 part 1) Dr. Arnold Plotnick (click pictures to enlarge) Our goal was the Cinili Mosque, also known as the Tiled Mosque, named for the amazing tilework inside.  We started our climb, through the  streets of this very working class neighborhood.  The  incline was very…

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My Stray Cat Expedition in Istanbul, Turkey – Day 5, Part 1

My Stray Cat Expedition in Istanbul, Turkey – Day 5, part 1 (continued from Day 4, part 2)Dr. Arnold Plotnick (click pictures to enlarge)  Sunday             Today I thought we’d try something a little different.  Today we’re gonna pop on over to the Asian side of Istanbul. Our destination is Uskudar, a charming district easily accessed  by ferry and teeming…

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My Stray Cat Expedition in Istanbul, Turkey – Day 4, Part 2

My Stray Cat Expedition in Istanbul, Turkey – Day 4, part 2 (continued from Day 4, part 1)Dr. Arnold Plotnick (click pictures to enlarge)  Okay, we’re done with the historical sites.  Now the shopping begins.  It’s time to plunge ahead into the insanity that the call the Egyptian Spice Market. Built in the mid-17th century, this hall was gradually taken…

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My Stray Cat Expedition in Istanbul, Turkey – Day 4, Part 1

My Stray Cat Expedition in Istanbul, Turkey – Day 4, part 1 (continued from Day 3, part 2)Dr. Arnold Plotnick (click pictures to enlarge) Saturday             To fully appreciate the urban Istanbul of today, you must leave the Old Town and plunge headfirst into the hip, happenin’, lively, upbeat, European-feeling New District, and that’s what we did.  After spending the…

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My Stray Cat Expedition in Istanbul, Turkey – Day 2, Part 2

My Stray Cat Expedition in Istanbul, Turkey –  Day 2, Part 2 (continued from Day 2, part 1)Dr. Arnold Plotnick (click pictures to enlarge)  After spending the morning at two major sites, it was time for lunch.  Not far from the Blue Mosque was Sultanahmet Koftecisi, a restaurant famous for their kofte, or meatballs. On my way there, I spotted…

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My Stray Cat Expedition in Istanbul, Turkey – Day 1

My Stray Cat Expedition in Istanbul, Turkey –  Day 1 Dr. Arnold Plotnick (click pictures to enlarge)  Wednesday After many months of very busy practice, in which it seemed that every cat in the city was sick and they all wanted to come to my hospital, I finally got to take a much needed vacation.   The destination:  Istanbul, formerly Constantinople,…

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