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... Samsun on the Black Sea coast, which will be a new city for us. Hooray for more airplanes :)
Quote/Sales pitch of the day:
John and I are walking back to the hotel from the Basilica Cistern.
Carpet salesman: "Hello, we have very nice carpets, please come in, they are very nice."
John: "No, thank you." We both keep walking.
Carpet salesman, calling after us: "Why not 'Yes, thank you?' Sir?"
One of the more entertaining pitches we've heard so far :)
... bottle of double black label scotch :). A few quick sips, and we were off on foot to explore the town and have dinner.
With rather cool weather upon us in Istanbul, Krish and Shari had decided to purchase leather coats earlier that day. Oddly enough, the store that sold leather coats also sold jewelry, pottery, rugs AND has a restaurant, all in the same building! After spending a sum of money on the coats, the Owner invited ...
... to leave. It was rather alarming when another tour bus came hurtling towards us, did a bit of a wheelie and stopped about a meter parallel to our bus. The bus drivers leapt out opened up a flap on the side of the bus – pulled out some jump leads and connected them to our bus. There were sparks (screech from Giva)….There was a very loud bang (more screeching from Giva)…. There were flames as the battery on the other bus caught fire ("Oh my goodness" says ...
I wandered around the Blue Mosque, Hippdrome, Arasta Bazaar, and Haga Sophia, the touristic heart looking for a money changer. The Haga Sophia was closed for the holiday so I decided to go towards the Grand Bazaar.
Smart people had come to the Blue Mosque for prayers ...
... of the Spice Bazaar and smell it before I find it. The alleyways are full of locals busying themselves but I can't help feeling there's an over supply of goods. It must surely be a saturated market. Just how many cloth shops can be sustained in this market?
Have fully engaged Mosque Mode before coming out - dispensed with the size 13 hiking boots that take ages to take off/put on and lace up. Am wearing slip on deck shoes. There's thought gone ...