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... daily prayers. While the "epicenter" feeling to the bazaar is still alive and well, the daily use is much more shopping focused. There is still an active mosque located at the bazaar and we did hear the call to prayer each time we visited but none of the schools remain. After walking through street after street of little shops just to make it to one of the official entrances we were immediately overwhelmed by the scope of one of the oldest covered markets in the world. ...
... up the European coast along the Bosphorus a little further and the hop across to Asia for lunch... Just coz we can.
It was a fantastic experience and we got to see so much more than you could ever manage on foot. Plus, Istanbul's traffic is so horrendous it's a very ineffective way to see the city. What I learned was that as charming as parts of the city are at street level - the hidden alleyways and winding, ...
... all of my luggage into a pile against the corner of the wall and collapsed onto all of it to get some well needed sleep, Since arriving at 5:20AM and getting to the lounge for some sleep at 7:00AM that left me with at least 6 hours of sleep until I needed to be up and ready for the longest and hardest part of the trip the flight to Istanbul.
I managed to wake to the voice ...
Jet lagged, sun-burnt and feeling fabulous on my first full day in Istanbul. We are just coming back from dinner and can I just say, wow. Although many people do not speak English, they are so polite and very professional. At dinner, there was an abundance of food coming at me from all angles. Also, I am fortunate for my curiosity and eagerness to taste ethnic foods. In many foreign cultures, food is tradition. It is a way for families and ...
... of the importance of this relic, passages of the Koran are read live, 24 hours a day over the gold chest that stores the cloak. It certainly added to the atmosphere to have the Koran verses continually chanted while seeing this important artifacts. Oh, but I did kind of smile to myself because there were about 20 vials all labeled "Prophet Mohammed's beard" because it reminded me of how we save the hair from kids' first ...