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Today we took more time to explore Istanbul. We devoted the entire day to walk to and around the European side of the (large) city. The city has some pretty steep hills and uneven roads, but we made it through pretty smoothly.
We walked along the port across a bridge that had a row of restaurants underneath from one end to the other. The had the waiters stand outside ...
... a top (spinning variety) and Liv bought a blue flowered headband.
On Saturday we took the ferry to Kadikoy on the Asian side of Istanbul. The ferry was amazing and the atmosphere stepping off the ferry was crazy! They are gearing up for elections here so there are lots of peaceful demonstrations and politicians speaking. Everything is accompanied by loud blasting music. We has some transportation issues here ...
... century. Apparently, it is renowned for its design to amplify sound and take advantage of the breezes, Also, if you look closely, there are ostrich (I think that's right) eggs hanging in all the chandeliers -- the eggs have some property that mosquitoes don't like -- so they inhibit the mosquito population!
... where do we catch the ferry?" Learning that we have to buy a pass at the little convenience mart we finally get to Kadikoy and although we just miss one ferry, another is just 15 minutes later. Lots of people going back and forth, as the eastern part of Istanbul is full of local shops, neighborhoods, people going to and from work and home, while the western side is touristy, big business, hospitality, and upscale. We hear ...
... s see if I can replicate it again tomorrow!
At two, Izzet left for an appointment where he was taking photos from a helicopter. He said he was considering asking to bring me along, but was worried if something happened, that it would be very bad. Sad for me, that would have been so cool, but oh well. I totally understand and wouldn't want the responsibility if I were him either.
So they left, and I went on the the Blue Mosque and Topkapi ...