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... home and also about getting home with the floods in their State.
The Hagia Sophia (Meaning Holy Wisdom) was built as a Christian Cathedral in 5 years between 532 and 537 and for 1000 years was the largest church in the world. It was converted to a mosque in 1453, with mosaics plastered over and minarets added. In 1934, Mustafa Ataturk turned it into a museum saying it was too important to both faiths to have it either a church or mosque.
We mainly admired ...
As the song says, The Heat Goes On.
Weary as you must be hearing it, in whatever frozen part of the world you are, we, and particularly sweathog me, cannot wait to feel those cooling NZ Antarctic breezes again!
Here we are in the city where Asia meets Europe, and what a genuinely cosmopolitan city it is. You can judge from ...
... back in the 1890's and someone thought it would be a perfect spot to assume the mother of Jesus would have lived to escape the Pagan persecution she would have endured from the nearby towns back down near Ephesus. No archeological evidence to confirm this, but 3 popes have visited so it must be right! Call me a skeptic if you wish, but even the guides think it's a touch of commercial opportunism. We then visited a local Turkish Rug manufacturer who has ...
... things taken home. I said I was happy to do it, so long as we had space, and they came around with a huge bag - gulp! Everytime we look at something I say "That's one less frypan". Haha.
After a full on morning and part afternoon at the bazaar, it was back to the hotel for a wee rest.
We then decided to walk down to the Blue Mosque, as we haven't walked that way. On the way back we stopped at a bar for ...
... and we had (overdressed) and all brought our parkas with us for the day. As we reached the bridge, we came upon a young man barbecuing meatballs and mullet - which he was serving in fresh, crisp Turkish rolls with tomato, onions, lettuce and grilled chillies (you could choose your fillings). The kids were suddenly starting and everyone wanted one of these for dinner. So we perched by the roadside eating the fresh fish and meat - and I commented to Ben ...