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... before Istanbul, we hit suburbia and our solitude came to abrupt end. Eventually, we ended in bumper to bumper traffic caused by minor accident. We expected to get in at 1 pm and made it at 2:30pm. Like any big city, it is nerve-wracking to navigate the cloverleaves, one way streets, and getting stuck behind trucks picking up garbage. But Tom-Tom delivered us pretty close to our hotel.
We woke up and got ready today before walking down to sultanahmet where we were meeting Lena and Birkan and found a seat in the shade. I bought a pretzel type bread ring to snack on while we waited then saw them get off the tram. We walked together down the road to the basilica cistern, where we lined up in the surprisingly small line to get tickets then went down the stairs. It was amazing! The whole cavern type area was filled with huge pillars, with about ...
Our Bosphorus tour started with a trip to the spice market situated in the old part of Istanbul. Since this was the last day of their holiday period, it was extremely crowded. We seem to have a knack for finding the crowds! Our guide said that there were 15 million people in Istanbul and he believed half of them were at the market. The market was a myriad of colour and tantalizing smells with shops selling beautiful ...
... the stalls, Iranian saffron, an array of turkish delight to confuse even the most avid fans and an eclectic range of goodies (silver/leather/fake handbags etc) were all on offer as we meandered through the bustling alleyways. In a hurry (as usual) to return to our hotel to collect our bags and head for the ship, we couldn't find the road our hotel was on so I attempted to get a taxi (rather than missing the ...
... to get into the Hagia Sophia Museum.
Hagia Sophia was a Byzantine basilica built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th Century. It was converted to a mosque after Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks in 15th Century. Now a museum, it has been undergoing renovations for years. Although there is still scaffolding in place, the space is almost overwhelming in its beauty. The mosaics, overall architecture, grandeur and history ...