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Check out the Writers’ Blog

While Nick and I were busy exploring Istanbul the writers have created a blog to document their progress. Check out Orient Express Writers to get the latest updates!

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Pera Palace

It is snowing. Nick and I attempted to stay warm and dry as we made the 30 minute walk across the Galata Bridge. My hands nearly froze, and the hood of Nick’s raincoat was not very cooperative. W are California wusses when it comes to the cold. Nevertheless, it was nice to see Istanbul in the snow.

We took the elevator up the Galata Tower, hiked up the winding stairs, and walked around the observation deck at the top of the tower. Even with the thick fog, the view was quite good. The Galata Tower was built in 1348. During the reign of Murad IV (1612 – 1640), an early aviator named Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi flew with artificial wings from the tower over the Bospherous to the slopes of Uskudar, nearly 6 kilometers away. Murad was delighted by the flight, and almost gave Hezarfen a reward but then changed his mind. Instead, Hezarfen was exiled to Algeria, as he was seen as a threat. Bum deal.

After reveling in that delightful tale, we headed to the Pera Palace, where we met with Suzan, the head of marketing. There we took a small tour, saw the original silverware and dining sets, and managed to pick up a press kit. We are excited and can’t wait to watch the documentary that is included. Suzan told us that much of the decor is original, from the stained glass windows in the bar, to the light fixtures. (We think they have probably gotten new bed sheets and towels since then.)

The Pera Palace was quite a delight, and we will share photos as soon as we have access to a real computer!

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Press kit from the Pera Palace

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View of the Galata Tower from below

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Winding stairs in the Galata Tower

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Poor cold Californian

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Remember the post about cats jumping in tourists’ bags…here’s proof! Silly kitten.

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Things We’ve Noticed

We have noticed that there seems to be a fine line between sidewalk and street. Drivers don’t hesitate to simply hop the curb, whether or not pedestrians are currently occupying the sidewalk.

Drivers like to go in reverse. Why? Who knows.

Sultanahmet park is also just a dog park. At night the strays chase each other and generally just seem to have an awesome time being a dog.

It’s pretty sweet being a stray cat in Istanbul. They’re well-fed, get lots of attention, and get to hop in unsuspecting tourists’ bags.

Now here are some photos from today’s adventures!

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Nick before we ventured into the Archaeology Museum

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Me, trying to stay warm.

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Could those be Cthulhu’s tentacles, coming up to snatch the cultists?

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This guy looks like he just lost some sanity by witnessing a gruesome scene!

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I think deep ones must dwell in the Basilica Cisterns. Strange medusa heads can be found in the depths. Luckily we didn’t turn to stone…at least…not yet!

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Bazaars, Museums, and Mosques…Oh My!

We awoke to the sound of the morning prayer. Not normally an early morning person, I was up at 6:30, not being able to go back to sleep.

We ate a traditional Turkish breakfast provided by the hotel, which consisted of bread, semit, hard boiled eggs, cheese, olives, and meat.

We started the day at the Blue Mosque, and then proceeded to the Hagia Sophia. We also managed to see (and this may not be in order, I am pretty wiped out at this point in the day) the Topkapi Palace (including the Harem), the Spice Bazaar, the Grand Bazaar, the Railway Museum, a lunch of kebap and pida, Turkish coffee (yuck), and a whirling dervish.

We had drinks at the Orient Express restaurant, where we also snagged a few postcards.

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Good Morning Istanbul!

Good morning from Istanbul! This morning I woke up to the sounds of the morning prayer. I am looking forward to breakfast, when we will make a game-plan for today. We are going to try to walk to our destinations as much as possible, as I feel you really get to know a city the more you walk it. Walking also allows you to stumble on sights you would normally zoom by in a taxi or on a tram.

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Istanbul kitties, for your enjoyment.

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See My Cheese: and Other Parisian Things

Nick and I are currently in Paris, on a long layover. We arrived in the morning, and will leave early tomorrow for Istanbul. Our hostel is in the 18th district, on Rue D’Orsel. W have seen the Eiffel Tower, saw a statue of cultists (picture to be uploaded soon, as the connection cable is in my luggage that was sent straight to Istanbul), and have gotten an army’s worth of cheese.

We also took a gander at the Moulin Rouge (from outside only), and have had fun trying to figure out the metro.

Until tomorrow…when we take our first steps in Istanbul!

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A Postcard from Constantinople

We are busy little shoggoths here at Chaosium. While we prepare for our trip to Istanbul we are also working on various publications. I want to share an image for a postcard that will be included in the Horror on the Orient Express boxed set. The following image was created by the graphic designer Michele Johnson.

A postcard from Constantinople

A postcard from Constantinople

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