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... and ignoring the touts. I was surprised to see that the Hagia Sophia is actually very plain in comparison to the Blue Mosque with its many minarets and domes. I hear the beauty of the Hagia Sophia is on the inside so I'll have to wait and see (it's closed on Monday's).
After a brief walk around I crossed the street and got in line for the Basilica Cistern. I didn't have to wait long before I was allowed inside and walked down the stairs into a large dimly lit room ...
... Topkapi are all in the surrounding area. The hippodrome was here centuries before there were any of the other monuments, before, Sophia in the 6th century , the Blue Mosque in the 16th century and Topkapi. After spending 15/20 minutes here we walked to Saint Sophia, the mother of all Cathedrals constructed by Justinian Emperor in the 6th century, tradition has it that it was built in less than 6 years. After the fall ...
... together and go to the gate. Security scanned me in and I waved to the girls from up on the second level. As I navigated my way through the airport, I saw a screen displaying 'final call' for my flight. How do I always do this?! Lucky it's a small terminal! A bus took the passengers to the plane, and then we were up up and away.
I had mixed feelings leaving Malta. I had so many reasons to stay, and many opportunities to follow, but the world ...
... Neyzen!!! They served us fish. I was excited but what I did not know was that the fish would still have all of its parts and be whole...head and all! So I decided to not be grossed out and I ate it, and actually enjoyed it! I also tried green olives wrapped in sardines, and I also tried squid! Honestly I would have never done that in the states! But I tried it and I am glad I did, oh and did I mention that the fish was amazing.
There was no better way to end my last day in ...
... to add to our collection of borderline ridiculous costumed photographs.
Misir Carsisi – The Egyptian/Spice Market: No doubt the highlight of Sacha’s day. He is never one to want to start negotiating but couldn’t help himself upon emersion in all of the smells, sounds and colors of the market. We ended up with:
- Anatolia Spice – for yogurt
- Black Chili
- Salad Spice ...