On 7th of August 2013, Anne and I hugged each other after we took the first step necessary for our 2nd leg of the train rides. The first leg was on 24th May 2013 from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok. After much planning and deliberation, the first step of booking and getting flight confirmation was indeed an important mark to our big plan. We were indeed very happy as we decided to split the train journey between Asia & Europe to make it more fun. From our detailed plan, I would be celebrating my 50th birthday from the last route of Trans-Siberia, 2.5 years from now.
For the 2nd leg, we have planned the itinerary well as follows:-
4th April 2014 : Kuala Lumpur to Doha to Istanbul via Qatar Airways
7th April 2014 : Istanbul to Bucharest via Bosfor sleeper train
9th April 2014 : Bucharest to Budapest via Ister sleeper train
11th April 2014 : Budapest to Vienna via Railjet train
12th April 2014 : Vienna to Salzburg via locals train
13th April 2014 : Salzburg to Munich via late evening train
14th April 2014 : Munich to Paris via sleeper night train
19th April 2014 : Paris to London (day trip) via Eurorails
20th April 2014 : Paris to Doha to Kuala Lumpur via Qatar Airways
After a long waits of 9 months from the date that our flight was booked and confirmed, our trip is coming nearer. We will be flying tomorrow (morning flight on Friday, the 4th of April 2014). The trip-it has send a reminder for me to pack last night "your trip to Istanbul, Turkey is starting soon". For those who has not join the tripit yet, may do so as it was great how they were preparing a detailed itinerary triggered from the online booking (airline, train & hotels) automatically for me. You may check mine in, Tripit Itinerary. To be honest, packing was a challenging task though I started much earlier this time. We kept a check list what to bring including food stuff in case of emergency and probability of not able to find a Muslim foods, the lists are indeed becoming very long.
My sisters (the elder and the younger ones) shall be tagging along as they wanted to see so much the city of the late Sultan Mehmet Fatih, the famous Muslim conqueror who succeed in conquering Constantinople as predicted centuries before by our prophet Muhammad s.a.w. I'm sharing the late "Biography of Sultan Mehmed Fatih" website for those whom interested to know more about him. It was like a trip to kill a bird with few stones. I hope you still remember how I was saddened by the lost of Istanbul's photo as per September 2013 entry Turkey tour in 2004-Istanbul City. Now, after 10 years, I will be able to have lots and lots of photo in Istanbul alone as we will be there for 4 days 3 nights.
For those who's interested to tour, may check places that I visited 10 years ago in 7 cities in Turkey-2004. Cheers!
|We have airline ticket, train tickets (up to certain parts only) & paris pass|