After a short trip to Greece, we took the night train back to Istanbul. We finished with the border crossing at 5 am, and I had a hard time going back to sleep. After a night full of stars (I could lie in my sleeper bunk and look up through the open window), dawn brought more beauty to the trip. Fields of sunflowers inched their droopy heads toward the rising sun. The occasional shepherd led his flock to grassy pastures. Black and white cranes rested in a huge nest at the top of some tall poles.
We arrived in Istanbul at 8:30 am and took our last tram ride across the Golden Horn, the water sparkling in the morning sun.
Now it's 1:30 am, and we're leaving for the airport in half an hour for our plane back to Montreal.