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... to continue on our whirlwind through the city we all kind of spontaneously paused for a moment, seemingly taking in the gravity and spirituality of this great building, regardless of everyone’s personal faith.
Having not quite gotten our fill of bartering and crazy people watching the day before, we headed back for one more spin through the Grand Bazaar to conclude our sight-seeing for the day. When we arrived we quickly realized how “slow” it ...
... all I had planned at the Spice Market and Steve was getting a little worried about how we would bring it all back but the main reason was my back had packed up (too much dancing I suspect, coupled with all the steps that are EVERYWHERE here) so we decided to head back to the ship.
So sorry we didn’t have more time to explore Istanbul and we hope to come back one day. It’s a marvelous place.
Today we landed at Lesbos but I was flattened by my back in spasms. I was so ...
... Anyone who comes to Istanbul should take the opportunity to visit Gallipoli and take a tour of the battle fields and the cemeteries. The shrines and the memorials are brilliant, not too overbearing, yet still managing to convey the importance of their presence in a sombering way. The Turkish guide, Bill, from crowded house tours was very knowledgeable on the subject and dispelled many myths about the campaign. ...
... taking the tram to the Galata bridge followed by a short walk. See wiki -
"The Rüstem Pasha Mosque was designed by Ottoman imperial architect Mimar Sinan for Grand Vizier Damat Rüstem Pasha (husband of one of the daughters of Suleiman the Magnificent, Princess Mihrimah)"
It's smaller and less crowded but there were beautiful ornate tiles in the interior. see pics
It was then time for a late lunch 1430. There was a small kebap place at the base of the mosque. We ...
... It was amazing to see this structure underground. You could see many fish swimming in the water as you walked on the bridges. It was very dark however I could still admire the the great columns that have lasted for many years. Walking down further, we can across a column of which Medusa's upside down head was the base. It was said that it was a way to symbolize that paganism was no longer accepted. After walking through the cistern we left to head ...