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... their prayer, now I'm not religious in anyway shape or form, but its a site to see for sure.
We observed some of the other mosques from the outside such as the Hagia Sophia. I made sure i gave it a "Hug for Sophie", my beautiful girlfriend back home. I'm missing her terribly.
The Basilica was quiet impressive, probably my favourite thing so far in Turkey and maybe ...
... Square - site of past demonstrations. Stopped at a donner shop for lunch, watched an ice cream vendor perform for awhile, had coffee in the elegant hotel where Agatha Christie and many other famous people have stayed.
Dinner at a meatball shop, walked around the park to see the colored lights on the fountain, walked down the hippodrome and back for the last night at the ...
... moved to another part of the tram, to start bothering other people for money. Part of Islam is caring for the poor, so the next lady, a well-dressed businesswoman, obliged. Turkey has more than two million Syrian refugees, so this story is probably repeated many times over.
This morning we visited the Hippodrome Museum, originally the Roman track for horse ...
... being culturally insensitive to some sort of Middle Eastern outfit, these were straight up white terry cloth towels. One around the waist, and another around shoulders. They looked like they had just come out of a sauna, only this seemed to be an all purpose and public outfit. We never figured out what their deal was.
I think we came up with a better explanation of the sunburnt European, dressed in a loose-fitting untucked buttondown ...
... to chat with David and a farewell drink on their hotel terrace.
After a brief downtime back at our hotel, we went out to the corner restaurant. It served asian type dishes including Chinese, Japanese and Indian. It was OK but pricey 107TL AU$55 which included a small bottle of red. There were outdoor heaters and we were provided with throws/shawls to stay warm. Overall, a nice experience.
Tomorrow evening, we will meet Ahmet - a good friend of Clive Hutt.