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Today we continued to visit the major tourist draw cards in Istanbul:
- the 5th century walls of Constantinople which stretched for 20 kms around the ancient peninsula city and were breached only twice: in 1204 by the 4th crusade and then finally by the Ottomans in 1453 and then only with the aid of the innovation of cannon; - an amazing tribute to Roman engineering!
- the ...
... and Mary side-by-side with the Muslim symbols. Our group headed to a restaurant for lunch- a sort of buffet where you could try a variety of hot Turkish dishes. With our bellies full of goulash, an eggplant cheese dish and kebab dish, we then strolled around the Hippodrome, a big open 'piazza' where chariot races used to be held. Our final stop was the famed Blue Mosque. With my scarf around my head as is the custom, and carrying our shoes ...
Off down the street and across the bridge past the local fishermen we hotfoot it to the Ferry. Today we are heading to Emirgan to visit a home that has been turned into a gallery and handed over to the people of Istanbul. By boat we get to see so many of the large beautiful buildings that are along the waters edge and many of Istanbul's rich clearly favour these locations. Arriving at port we taxi it back along ...
Well, we've arrived in Turkey, which is super exciting. We had our first performance mere hours after landing, which is both exciting and exhausting. Our performance today was at the St. Anton Cathedral in Taksim. The cathedral, like many worship spaces on a large scale, has brilliant acoustics. I went to see it when I was here last summer, and it was really cool to see it again, this time done up with Christmas lights. It's everything you'd expect out of a large, ...
... we passed the Faith Mosque and head to the city walls, were we climbed up to the top! You can get a really nice sight of the city from here. From here we walk to Eyup a district that it looked much more influenced by Muslim culture, girls all cover up so you could see just the eyes and a more traditional kind of life I guess. Here we enter the Eyup Mosque and walk around the area for a while. Afterwards we started walking back home so we cross the Halic Bridge and took ...