Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... up their hair!! In the Islam tradition, women's hair is only meant to be for the husband at home. Well, THAT would certainly save me some time getting ready in the morning!! Not only were we completely covered, but we had to remove our shoes, as well, truly engulfing ourselves in the Islam tradition. Once inside, the mosque dwarfs you! It is ginormous and beautiful and humbling (as a building can be). And obviously ...
... as importantly, instituted real change after the Ottomans reign mainly around women's rights and religion. Everywhere you go you see statues and icons of him.
Today we we did heaps with the main things being the Ayasofia which is 1500 years old. It was built as a Christian church but under the Ottomans it was changed to a Mosque in the 16th century. When Attaturk changed Turkey to a republic in 1923 he made more change and ...
... Sophia and then entered the Topkapi Palace area with its impressive stone gates and walls, gardens and courtyards.
We had lunch at a typical Turkish restaurant. -Fish , salad and of course effes beer.
After lunch we then coached to the covered Grand Bazaar. The Bazaar was packed with visitors such as ourselves. The atmosphere consisted of the smell of spices, the din of hundreds of people talking in a way that no words ...
... make decisions was at its best today when at the grand bazaar. I took so long to decide between two scarves that I was served tea and got to know the entire staff of the scarf and tshirt booth while asking them to repeatedly "wrap me in the pink scarf, now wrap me in the neutral scarf, now do it again please as I have a really neutral wardrobe at home and can't decide". Poor guy. Never pushy and of course I ended up buying both. Bad idea. Backpack is now full. Over six weeks left to ...
... shops. It's a bit like being back in Thailand everyone is super friendly and they do the 'hello, where are you from, very nice scarf, 99% off' **** before you even pause at their store. Some have got the balance right and are super friendly and let you browse, others are just pushy and annoying. I'm sure the grand bazaar later with 2000 shops will be worse! Anyway we did stop in a few stores and then we found the entrance to the Topkapi palace. The royal palace is in ...
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