Today a 9:30 my phone in the hotel rang.
It was Tonguç Yilmaz who invited me to take a tour around Istanbul with him. I was very pleased to meet him and we had a greate day. He spent full eight hours to host me and show me around his town and explain everything to me!
When he was waiting in th lobby of the hotel he ran into a comrade he had studied togeter with and whom he had not met since 10 years. Both of them were very surprised to meet each other after such a long time, standing in front of the lift waiting for an Oracle guy to come down. And the best thing was that they were waiting for different people, one for me and the other one for Paul Dorsey, an Oracle expert from Iselin NJ in the U.S.
What an incident! Two friends meet in a hotel by accident ,
both waiting in the same hotel in front of a lift for two different people,
who also are both linked with Oracle!
We first went to Dolmabahçe, from where we took a taxi to Taksim place, which is the center of the European side of Istanbul. We strolled down Istiklal Caddesi until we came to location of the German Goethe Institut, we a very fancy restaurant is also located on the roof of the building.
It is called Litera , from where you get a
across the Golden Horn to the old city of Istanbul.
We had a cold drink and after this we went down to a tunnel from where we took a kind of tram to Karaköy from where we took a ferry to the Anatolian side of Istanbul.
Tonguç showed me the train station HaydarpaŞa
from where the famous Orient Express starts all the way to Teheran,
and explained geography, history and strategic situation of Istanbul to me.
On the way to the busstop we needed Tonguç asked a taxi driver for directions and to my surprize he said ” …you are walking into the wrong direction. Jump right into my taxi and I will give you a free ride to the busstop”, can you believe this?
We took a middibus to Fenerbahçe, passing along the footballstadion.
Tonight is an historical football match and if the Fenerbahçe team wins against Trabzonspor there will be large party going on in all the town, because the team will be winner of the championship and this in their 100th. year!
In Fenerbahçe I had tavuk göğsü, a very special Turkish desert which I like very much. And I guess that Tonguç took me all the way to very best place to have it.
Tonguç, you are a very good tourist guide!
And I appreciated it very much that you spent your valuable time at the weekend to introduce me to your city!
Thank you very much for the wonderfull day!