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... main place of worship is beautiful. It has gold all along the front part of the altar and on the altar there are many symbolic icons, their biggest icon being St. George. It was interesting to see a Turkish orthodox service. It was definitely nothing I have experienced before with there routine of having a worship service. Though it was different it was definitely interesting to be a part of.
Once we left St. George we went to go have our last dinner in Turkey. We ...
... and was the third Church of Holy Wisdom to occupy the site. At the time of the conversion to a mosque many of the mosaics were plastered over and religious artifacts removed. Praying is now forbidden because of the museum status. The Basilica Cistern built by Justinian in 532 is a massive underground feature which was designed to hold 80,000 cubic meters of water and was connected to 20 km of aqueducts. It is 65 m wide and 143 m long ...
... up to the Black Sea, with Oktay pointing out items of interest, while being served tea, sodas and water by our butler!! It was fabulous -- a gorgeous sunny day with no clouds! We passed the Cirigan Palace (now a Kempinski), the fifth (or maybe sixth) largest suspension bridge in the world, the site of the fort guarding Istanbul at the narrowest point of the Bosphorus, historic old ...
... ve been on by a distance, 8 lanes at times and cyclists very definitely at the bottom of the food chain, took me hours, arrived central Istanbul at 10pm, shaking with adrenaline and lack of food and water, happy I didn't die. Trip over. Too tired for sentiment. Was literally barely concious.
Really, can't believe I cycled that road.
Women left for the Istanbul shopping area. Men went for Watch bargains in the city centre. Everybody had a succesfull day buying stuff. Marisa got herself a very nice watch. Took a bit of time for her to make up her mind. She even said that she would give Yvonne money to buy a watch for her when she is going to Istanbul. Talking about doing things the difficult way. Toggs bought himself a nice watch. We had to squeeze and push the seller ...
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