What’s the worst that could happen on a one hour flight with a 4 month old? An hour of frantic screaming and a lot of angry people on a plane. At least that’s what we were afraid of as we got ready for Ella’s second ever flight that would take us to Cappadocia.
Having mastered travel by car, plane and bus, it was time for Ella to tackle a boat. Fortunately, it’s not hard to find one in Istanbul. If you walk anywhere near Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque it’s impossible to avoid the cries of “Bosphorus Boat Tour” which seem to come from every third person you pass. By day three, we even had one girl comment, “I say that to you everyday, don’t I”. Oddly enough, she was one we didn’t remember.
Our boat wasn’t scheduled to leave until 12:30pm, so we decided to use the morning to visit the Blue Mosque. In a way, the Blue Mosque, or Sultanameht Mosque as it’s called here, is the opposite of Hagia Sophia. Where the real beauty of Hagia Sofia is inside, I think the best part of the Blue Mosque is the exterior.
After a great first day in Istanbul we wanted to get a sense for the size of the city and hit some of the spots that aren’t within walking distance of our hotel.
With Ella on the team it’s not as easy to move around and we’re limited to a shorter day. With that in mind we decided to use a mode of transportation that we seem to have developed a taste for, hop-on hop-off buses. We first tried them in Chicago and Boston where they were a part of some packages. We also used them to get around Malta. So, when we saw them waiting across from Hagia Sophia, we figured we would give it a shot here in Istanbul.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to travel with a celebrity?
One thing we didn’t anticipate about travelling with Ella is her celebrity status. Who knew that at 4 months old she would be so popular with the Turks.
Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve written anything here so, dear non-existent reader, let’s get you caught up.
When we last spoke we were in Malta. Here’s the Coles notes version of how that ended: We had a great time. It wasn’t our favourite country, but we’re glad we went. The highlight was definitely our trip to St. Peter’s Pool. If you’re interested I’ll write more about that another time. Feel free to let me know in the comments below.
After Malta? Well, we went home… yada, yada, yada…had a baby and now it’s time for our next trip.
Yes, we’re still travelling
It was interesting how many people there were who’s first reaction upon learning that Katy was pregnant was to say, “I guess that means you won’t be traveling any more”. What!? Not at all. Really it just means that we now have to consider doing a bunch of countries for a second time because Ella is WAY behind! Continue reading “Three ways bringing an infant has changed our approach to travel”