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After a day of travel that actually began yesterday, I arrived in Istanbul, Turkey today. Along with about 115+ others from the U.K., Australia, Europe, Canada, and the U.S., I’ll be spending the next five days learning about the history of this city and visiting some of its most famous sites, many of which also feature as settings for two historical novels by the author Dorothy Dunnett.

For now, here’s a view of the city skyline, as portrayed by my hotel room, since I haven’t been more than a few blocks from it yet, and that was this evening:


More to come!