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We woke up later this morning, I finally managed to sleep enough to feel more human. Unfortunately, both Ian and I were feeling a little under the weather today.

Goals for today: Still no bodily injuries, open a nice bottle of wine. (Turkish wine is generally not great; we came prepared with some of our own:)

Status: Achieved.

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We needed to get our Airbnb packed up and head to the airport around 10am, so by 8am we were up and about, then walked down the street to eat a quick breakfast. We were all pretty ready to get out of Istanbul by this point, it’s a very loud and busy city both day and night.

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Once we got to the airport we realized that there was an airport lounge available to us, as Jacqui and I are Priority Pass holders–one of the many perks associated with our corporate cards. It made our wait at the airport delightful, especially as Ian and I weren’t doing too great. Here we were able to get hot tea and some soup, and everyone else had a full lunch buffet and the choice of sodas and alcohol as well. We all agreed that the Priority Pass program was a major perk, and if you have the opportunity you should apply for it.

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We landed in Antalya around 2:30pm, picked up the rental car and drove directly to Cirali. We tossed our bags in the cabins and then made a beeline to the beach for a swim. The water was perfect, and we swam until the sun sank below the mountains.

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The remainder of our evening was spent lounging in the tea platforms drinking wine, making new feline friends, eating dinner and drinking tea.

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The pansiyon we always stay in is delightful–it is like being in a jungle, and they have free-ranging chickens, cats and dogs that come to beg for food. Tonight I even spotted a wild kirpi (hedgehog). My goal for tomorrow is to get a photo of one.

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