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Once again, we got up early to go for a run - aiming for something ambitious since we knew we'd be sitting for most of the day as we traveled up to Istanbul by bus and ferry. There is a wooded, hilly, park area of Cunda Island and we headed for that. We ran through some nice scenes, like olive tree orchards (?) with seascape backdrops. I have a …
... links to all parts of the civilized world. For example; Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned to design a bridge to cross the golden horn, but his design was not accepted (1502). Michelangelo was also asked, but passed on the commission.
Not all is love and roses - this is humanity. Istanbul is also chaos, noise, poverty and conflict.
If you lift your eyes to admire the skyline, be sure to know where you are placing your feet.
The sidewalks ...
After getting an overdose of ice-cream and caramel eclair and coffee, we walked east along the boardwalk for about 15 minutes until we hit a nice park where lots of guys were fishing, swimming and generally having a lazy great time. At this point, the wind and sun was getting too strong for Yang so we turned around and made our way back to where we started. Sweating profusely, we stopped in what I deem to be ...
... headed uphill. Again!
It was a very good day out, and for A$13 or so, good value as well.
But what we really like to do is just wander the city. Which we did. We happened upon different section of the Grand Bazaar than the one visited previously. I changed my mind and decided it was well worth visiting. Here were ...
... early because I was getting sick.
The next day, we went to one of the largest covered shopping malls in Europe and we had decided to get there by the tram and subway. The Cevahir Shopping Center took about 30 minutes and when we arrived at the mall, we were surprised to see that it was mostly empty. There are some branded American shops and a big food court. Afterwards, we went to Taksim Square to see the Monument of the ...
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