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Not much further down was the Spice Bazaar. The amazing displays of spices was just so colourful - a riot of colour. It looked awesome and was wonderful to wander through. We enjoyed some taste testing of the specialty - Lokum or Turkish Delight. Nothing like we have tried before and just Yum!
This bustling marketplace was constructed in the 1660s as part of the New Mosque complex, with rents from the shops going to support the upkeep of the mosque ...
... and murky halls.
As breathtaking as the Basilica Cistern had been however, I was just as astonished by Ayasofya. It was possibly the most beautiful place of worship I’d ever seen. Originally built in the fourth century before being burned down twice, this third version was built in the sixth century to almost exactly match the first. At some point in the Roman/Ottoman rule it was (as all the nicest places seem to be) converted to a Catholic church, before being turned ...
... The remnants of the hippodrome, where horse racing took place, is nearby. All that remains is a cobblestone oval. We also went down into the underground Basilica Cistern, built in the 6th Century.
... I had a lot of trouble and Izzet's assistants helped me, it's really very complicated.
Izzet came in and helped me as well. After a while, he left and we left. We headed to Ortakoy, a neighborhood on the Bosporus. We had heard about it on the Bosporus tour - the recording said it was full of jazz clubs and galleries. I don't know if we were too late for galleries, too early for jazz clubs or there was some confision ...
... among the throngs of picnicking families. It was the last day of Ramadan and especially busy. We joined a scrum pushing its way into the Blue Mosque but it became so packed that we did not attempt to get into the main mosque.
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Junko and Hiro found a package tour to Cappadocia and left us for a few days. We had visited before and weren't interested in going back ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
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