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... calligraphy is beautiful, too. It is extraordinary to see images of Jesus and Mary or of Byzantine Emperors and Patriarchs interspersed with humongous medallions of Koranic calligraphy.
It is also strange to see intricate Islamic prayer towers and lectionary stands for imams in next to or on top of places we are told were the Patriarchal seat, or the location of the altar in Byzantine times. It is still a fascinating, ornate, beautiful building, and a ...
... I prefer the informal settings. Following this we headed off on the Istanbul city tour. Our guide is driving everyone crazy - he stands and lectures us with so much information for a minimum of 10 mins at at time and most just switch off or walk away. It is so frustrating - he has so much knowledge but his delivery style is appalling. The highlights were the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia (Built in 548 AD, meaning 'Holy Wisdom', Hagia Sophia was the greatest Church ...
... it and said it was a must see so I was really anticipating something amazing. I wasn't disappointed. It had 336 columns which supported an arched roof high above. The area was in complete darkness apart from little lights that were placed at the base of some of the columns which made the area look stunning. Matt and I decided to have our photo taken dressed up in traditional Turkish clothing fit for a prince and princess. It was really fun even though Matt decided ...
It has been a week full of impressions, input and food for thought. At the end I managed to get a museum card and saw not only the harem and the Hagia Sophia but also the archeological museum with it. Nevertheless the really nice things are -as usual- for free or nearly, though. A Balik Ekmek, the ultimate answer to the Döner is 6 lira and while sitting at the Golden Horn, watching ...
Woke after a very good night sleep. Breakfast is eaten on the top floor over looking the ocean. You can have a traditional Turkish breakfast or choose from a range of breakfast items. Spent the morning catching up with family by Skype. Great to hear all is good there. I then organised the washing from the last two weeks, so over hand washing the hotel can do it for me this time. I ventured out for the afternoon, just a stroll to see ...