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... the war, some ended up in Russia as well as in German museums, with nothing in Turkey.
We saw the slope that allegedly the Horse was pulled through. We were reminded that it was a significant trading centre by a port and there were with lots of slaves to pull carts etc. The area us now well inland as earthquakes have made the area rise, just as in Ephesus. The remains of the Roman baths were nearby, at the outer wall of the city as we have seen in other places ...
From Goreme to Istanbul in one 'hop'! Quite a distance - probably about 800Km but very do-able because the roads are very good. We had highway most of the way. Roadside stops were reasonably clean too.
Our packing has improved and we are more organised. Regular adjustments need to be made as cable ties snap sometimes. We realised we are travelling light compared to the migrants workers.
... fun we opted to dress up as a group of Turks in traditional attire for some photos. We got into trouble numerous times from the very serious people running the scam for a long lists of misdemeanours. Turks obviously don't appreciate our sense of humour. That done we venture to the Topkapi Palace, the past home of the Sultans and their harems. There were a lot of things on display including plates, vases and knives which I thought were only marginally better than looking at ...
... But I didn’t. I took a photo instead.
After the harrowing bus experience, the market seemed quiet and we spent a happy couple of hours looking around the stalls. We bought a few presents for Lily’s sisters back home and had lunch on the balcony of a café overlooking the narrow lanes of Ortakoy. Ortakoy is one of the more affluent areas in Istanbul and it had the same cosmopolitan, European feel as Karakoy from the previous night.
... a great day! We started at a local deli where the family had been farming water buffalo since 1915. Their buffalo cream with honey (Bal Kaymak) was to die for! We then moved on to another deli to taste Kunefi ( my all time favourite) angel pasta baked with goats cheese. Our next stop was for a mezzo plate of Borek (red pepper, onion, spinach) stuffed zucchini flower and stuffed muscles which Gonja serving each of us like babies feeding! Onwards ...