So I spent the last week of March, and first 10 days of April touring around Turkey. It was lovely! My flight from Riyadh to Istanbul was delayed on account of a sandstorm.....yep you read that right. Visibility was crap, and the airport was covered in sand. People were wearing masks, and I was blowing sand out of my nose for the next day. Fortunately, the sand cleared enough for my flight to leave, and I was on my way. Unfortunately, for some unbeknown reason Canadians face the highest visa fees in Turkey $60US compared to the $20US Americans have to pay :(
My friend from Seattle had flown in the day before, so I met her at our hotel. Istanbul looks very much like a fairytale with the many round roofed mosques with minarets that dot the skyline. Honestly, it feels a little magical! We stayed in the Sultanahmet Area which is within walking distance of all the main tourist attractions. We toured the Aya Sofia a Byzantine church that was later conquered and converted to a mosque.
From Istanbul we flew to Cappadocia where the real adventure began!!