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... this with Anna we wondered if the cloudy day had had an effect on the colour. However it was still beautiful. John heard a guide saying the design of the carpet was deliberate with flowers in the positions where people should kneel and place their elbows and heads. This would ensure they were facing Mecca.
We noticed a number of tourist police in the historic area and wondered if that was why the area basically had no touts. It was a peaceful and pleasant area to ...
... we were, next to the Bosphorus, cooled by a mild Istanbul breeze, gazing out at two continents as a glowing sun slowly descended into the azure waters. Ahhh, we tourists are such a ready target. But what an experience!!
... growth of the Greek and Roman Empires and the spread of Christianty. It is the place where St John the Baptist and St Paul roamed the streets and preached, and was once the main commercial centre of the Mediterranean region. They are still excavating some areas of the site, but the Library of Celsius, the gates of Hadrian and the Ephesus theatre were amazing structures. My favourite however was the view standing up the top of the Main Street looking down ...
Having "done" the tours, this was the day for the Grand Bazaar and shopping! Emma had researched haggling tips, and found that we needed to go to the centre of the bazaar where fewest tourists ventured. After a wee while, we managed to relocate to Starbucks as a reward for good behaviour, then it was back to the hustle and bustle.
Despite knowing how many scarves I have at home, I have again bought more today! And ...
... did a circuit and headed towards the exit- surprising the kids who are by now accustomed to at least an audio guide at every monument. Just down from the mosque we discovered a gorgeous artisanal "bazaar" - in reality a charming strip of lovely shops selling high quality artisanal souvenirs. We parked ourselves in a cafe at the centre of the action and had a late afternoon tea of baklava and Turkish coffee. All the kids are now obsessed with ...