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... windy as you make your way to the Grand Bazaar. To be honest it was more luck than judgement that got us there (and a little help from Google Maps - who knew it worked so well without any data!)
You can not walk through a bazaar without someone trying to attract your attention (usually in German for us???) but people are friendly and happy to have a joke, I think they know if you are interested in buying or not. We ...
istanbul was once constantinople. hi everyone. and welcome to second hand Turkey. just know that I can hardly type because I am basically always in a baclava coma. we arrived in Istanbul after 10,000 hours on planes and in airports (the last flight would undoubtedly have gone faster if the russians in front of us weren't trying to smuggle big full bottles of johnny walker on board). and we knew we were in the right place. because when we got off the airport shuttle bus in ...
... the Church of St. George, administrative offices and housing for staff. It ain’t Rome and it’s less than modest.
The courtyard pointed me towards a huge brown locked door. The doorbell didn’t work so I knocked. A "butler-type guy" answered the door and asked if he could help me. We conversed in Greek. Within a few moments I was introduced to the chief librarian who, in turn, directed me to the archivist ...
... and cold and flu medicine and headed back to our hotel for a rest.
After a few hours we were feeling reasonably revived and once again set out to conquer the rest of the tourist traps. First stop was the Hagia Sophia where the line had diminished remarkably and we were in before we knew it.
The building itself is both a marvel and a feat of engineering, originally an Eastern Orthodox Basilica then a Catholic Church and subsequently converted into a Mosque during ...
... blue tiles that are found throughout the interior.
The Topkapi Palace was next on our touring. This is a huge palace (over 700,000 square meters) that was built by Sultan Mehmet II in 1459. It was the official residence of the sultans for over 400 years and now houses several museums.
Our final stop was Basilica Cistern, a huge underground water cistern that was built in 532. The cistern held over ...