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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... fountain (left) is now decorative but the minbar (right) is still used by the imam during Friday prayers.. I'm sorry that the photo of the minbar is so poor (it is the slanted piece in the background). It is, of course, also from the 17th century and is beautifully carved marble.
The Blue Mosque is an active mosque with regular prayers. It was wonderful to experience it.
Within walking distance ...
In order to see some more of the city, Clara, Elisabeth and I decided to take a bit of a walk around the city, on both sides of the Bosphorus. The areas of Galata and Taksim on the European side were not very interesting, the highlight for me being Galata Tower, which offers great views of the old city, including its skyline, which consists of huge mosques, each more elaborate than the other. Taking the ferry across the river to Asia made a ...
... across Europe, this was quite a new experience. While most churches are long and narrow, these mosques focus on large open spaces. Low hanging lamps are hung from the domed ceiling overhead, giving light to the worshippers underneath. Visitors are only allowed to proceed halfway across the room, the rest being reserved for those praying towards Mecca. After enjoying lunch in the shadow of this massive edifice, I continued onto ...
... and it was amazing. We also had soup and flat bread with cheese and spinach. Definite must go, if you come to Istanbul!
We walked some more to find the jazz club we had read about but they didn't go on until 10:30 and charged 40 Turkish Lira at the door. Instead we found a bar nearby, had some drinks and then headed back to the hotel. Our self guided day was better than expected and full of lots of surprises around literally the thousands of corners we ...
... to the hotel, easy stuff. But then.. Ever played crazy taxi? I have. Today. Except it was real life and the murderous driver had a steering wheel instead of a sega controller. I found myself longing for a traffic jam so he'd stop pretending the busy streets were actually the nurburgring. Traffic slowed a bit and there wasn't enough space for his psychotic brand of lane changing, which was good, but then it was time for ...
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