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Today we travelled to the Black Sea. In the last few days we've gone from the Mediterranean to the Aegean Sea, through the Dardanelles Strait, into the Sea of Marmara, up the Bosphorus Strait and now into the Black Sea.
The geology in this area is fascinating, and we were given a brief explanation of how this channel evolved. At one time the Black Sea was a freshwater lake, and over time as the ...
... eastern (apse) end of the gallery, is a 11th-century mosaic depicting Christ Enthroned with Empress Zoe and Constantine IX Monomachos . To the right of Zoe and Constantine is a 12th-century mosaic depicting The Virgin Mary, Emperor John Comnenus II and Empress Eirene . The emperor, who was known as 'John the Good', is on the Virgin's left and the empress, who was known for her charitable works, is to her right. Their son Alexius, who died soon after the portrait ...
... parts of the city together. Here we were able to visit the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and the Grand Egyptian Bazaar.
Getting off at the Blue Mosque, although we weren't actually allowed inside because we weren't muslim, but we could see the scope around the outside. Standing tall with 4 giant pillars and a big square for praying, the Blue Mosque was defiantly ...
... the hotel put us in a bit of a downer. We dropped off our luggage and set out looking for food. Our mood seemed to improve quickly as we saw many cats in our short walk up the hill. We stopped at the first "meat cooked on a rotisserie" sandwich shop and bought 4 chicken sandwiches for a total of $7 Canadian. Between the cats and the cheep lunch, my love for Istanbul was bound to flourish. Cafes spilt onto the street, happy hour looked delicious. We snooped in ...
... and replacing the tiny battery, but could not get the lid back on the watch to save his life. We both tried everything we could think of for about 15 minutes, until he finally ran down to a nearby store that had the proper equipment. To his credit, he didn't charge us a penny, even after we insisted on paying him. From the Grand Bazaar, we walked down to the equally famous Spice Bazaar. Walking through the spice market reminded us of the St. Josep market we had ...