Istanbul II

This city was founded around 660 BC as Byzantium, was later Constantinople, and served as the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin, and Ottoman Empires. There are over 15 million people here, and it is cited as the fifth leading tourist destination in the world. I’m looking at Asia across the Bosphorus from my balcony, since the city is in both Asia and Europe. There is a “transcontinental marathon” being run here today. The huge Hagia Sophia, once a church …


Istanbul

I’m running the Million Dollar Club in Sevilla next week, and we always visit somewhere we’ve never been before or after the meetings. We chose Istanbul, because we’ve heard so much about it and everyone raves about it. (Note below that it took three men to get all of out stuff into the car upon arrival!) We’re at the Four Seasons Bosphorus, overlooking the water and staring at Asia from the European side. We’re going on our first tour today, …


Not So Sweet Dreams

A Play in One Act Dramatis Personae:   Me: A seasoned traveler with about 4 million air miles, approved by US Global Entry, a man the police would call an “upstanding citizen.”   Katrinka (KT): Security supervisor at British Airways Terminal 5.   The Inspector (IN): British police inspector called upon when possible bomb materials are detected.   Plain Clothes Counter-Terrorist Official #1 (PC #1): Called by an inspector when there may be a serious threat.   Plain Clothes Counter-Terrorism …


Why I Love London

• The cabs are clean, can hold 5-6 people comfortably, and the drivers know where everything is. You’re lucky if you get a cab driver in New York who knows where the Empire State Building is, and the cab will stink while he yaks in a foreign language on a cell phone. • No one honks car horns. The city is bustling, streets are crowded, but the noise level is very low. • Harrods. • Tipping is not an issue. …


The Express Life

Up at 4:30, I found the limo idling outside at 5, both dogs oblivious to its presence, too intent on their deep sleep. I slipped into the clothes I had readied the night before like a firefighter donning turnout gear about to jump on an engine.   I read the papers in the penlight of the car’s rear illumination, traveling through the dark as if on a fast train. As we approached the expressway on the final leg to Boston, …



Nantucket 2014-2

We dined at The Pearl last night, where we’ve been going since it opened. We were joined by our friend Julie who’s spending a couple of days with us and enjoyed hamachi and then soft shell crab with noodles, along with a Chassagne Montrechet. The best, after a wonderful beach day, was the “super moon” hovering over the convertible as we drove back from town to the beach house. (A super moon is a full moon that occurs during the …


Nantucket 2014-1

We’ve arrived for our two-week sojourn, following Bali, and the Jersey Shore. We are eclectic people. The trip to the ferry which should be 90 minutes (to Hyannis) took 2.5 hours. There were eight-mile backups at the Cape. I still don’t know why. The ferry was 10 minutes late leaving, a rarity, as frantic last-minute arrivals swarmed the ticket office. (It is VERY difficult to get a car on a ferry during the season without a reservation dating back to …