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... other theatre patrons to walk up the hill with me back onto Istiklal. From there, the walk to Sishane is about 8 minutes, then another 5 to reach Galata Tower and 2 more to reach the hostel. I think I'm going to walk it back because I can't imagine the route a taxi would take. Took the M2 one station up to Taksim to chart how to get to the airport shuttle. No time to explore Cihangir today, so I'll save it for when I get back to Istanbul and have an evening out before ...
... the sea shore descending through the narrow streets calling at the Little Hagia Sophia. We eventually reached the Kennedy Caddesi the main road running along the coast. Initially we did not know exactly where we were until we saw the Cankurtaran Lighthouse. It guides people on land in the day as well !!
Following the coast we walked past fishermen who seemed to have made their homes here. Not only fishing but drinking and playing ...
Up early this morning and we caught a tram into Istanbul with Rod and Toni. We went straight to the Blue Mosque. Luckily we got there early as the queue to get in was 100 metres long at 9.30 am but it only took 20 minutes to get in. The Blue Mosque is a truly breathtaking building and the size of it inside is huge and it is truly one of the wonders of the world. After we left there, we walked to the Grand Bazaar which is like the Spice Bazaar ...
... as a coke can and an inch or two tall, two solid gold candlesticks that were each about the size of five-foot tall pedestals embedded with rubies, emeralds, and diamonds, a full suit of chain mail studded from head to toe with precious gems, and a dagger with three emeralds each over an inch thick -- just to mention a few!
When Uncle Albert and I finished, we were well aware of the fact that we had been walking non-stop for more than six ...
... to discover it was a he empty palace. Zero displays ! Awesome ! The building itself was huge and I have no idea of the history as they had run out of the headphones explaining it all. But at some stage it belonged to Sophia and that will do me. Some of the Mosaic tiling was excellent and the paintings on the ceiling etc one side of the interior is under reconstruction but the huge hanging Candelabra's and the stone floors ...
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