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... ways off the main street to explore some more. The alley ways aren’t unsafe here, they’re like Melbourne, full of café’s, restaurants, shops, street food stalls and more. We come across some markets, cheap ones, and I manage to buy a new top for $2.50… winner winner chicken dinner!
We head back as our feet grow heavy again, jump back into bed, watch a movie on the laptop and go to bed super early for some much needed ...
... for a quiet night. After heading down to the beach
which was beautiful we went back to camp to cook dinner and settle in. We even
had a camp fire using drift wood we had collected on the beach.
So this is where the night took and interesting turn, we discovered
there was some English speaking Bulgarians, one group presented us with a plate
full of freshly BBQ’ed shrimp straight from the Beach. Hum yum yum. We both ate
some to be ...
... up walking up Galata Tower, the oldest structure in Istanbul. It was really high up so it gave us a good perspective of where we wanted to go the following day. After we walked around for a bit (and got hassled a lot to "come and eat HERE"), we found one of the dinner spots that Ata recommended. We sat down on a 3rd level terrace and drank rakija (their version is much like Ouzo) and red wine with our traditional Turkish dishes/tapas, which were all quite delicious. On our walk ...
... than the Ayasofia, the first tourist site I visited. After about a 40 minute wait in queue, which I used to catch up on podcasts, I encountered the first church I'd visited in a few weeks. Unlike any of the other churches I'd visited however, this had been converted into a mosque when the city was conquered. The result has the towering domes of the former basilica covered in Arabic symbols and designs. It's all rather impressive. I like ...
... This was more than surprising for me.
Leaving the Blue Mosque, we headed for a Persian rug weaving demo/tour. This was something that I was very curious about and our host did not disappoint us. We entered an upscale shop that offered both rugs and jewelry. The square room with seats around the sides to accommodate the viewers contained six or seven stacks of woven rugs as well as a lady at one end who was weaving a rug with quite an intricate pattern. Our ...