Honors Grecian and Turkish Odyssey - Days 10 & 11 - Istanbul
|Mosaic of Christ Pantocrator in Saint Chora Church|
|Saint Chora Church|
|Istanbul Spice Bazaar entrance|
|Students on Bosphorus cruise|
|Cruise stop in Asia resulted in quick photo opportunity|
Day 11 had us traveling back to the Istanbul airport to fly back to New York. We departed at 12:15pm (Istanbul time) and landed in New York 11 hours and 5004 miles later. Our 3 hour layover at JFK International airport turned into closer to a 5 hour layover after our flight was delayed due to weather and the beginning of Memorial Day weekend. We were all relieved to finally land at the Cleveland airport and I made it back to Ashland around 1:30am, approximately 22 hours after we left the hotel in Istanbul.
|Lunch in restaurant near our hotel|
|Students at JFK airport, hoping for no more delays|
On behalf of the students on the trip, I would like to thank Ashland University for providing funding to make this trip possible. I would also like to thank Witte Travel for making all of the hotel, travel and tour guide arrangements. This was an adventure of a lifetime and I am already starting to make plans for the next Honors trip in May 2015.