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... time, so also for my encounter with Marjan. Just when I am thinking to find an English speaking person to help me find a mechanic for some van work, she knocks on my van door. She speaks English and lives in the town I need to visit for the mechanic. The next day she and her boyfriend come with me to the mechanics and invite me to their home for a home cooked Iranian lunch. Her mum is also visiting and offers to give me a facial treatment and more Iranian food ...
... anywhere. After what felt like walking for about an hour I made it to Hagia Sofia. Hagia Sofia is an incredibly impressive building. It was constructed in 537, at which time it was built as a Greek Orthodox Cathedral until 1453, except for a brief period in the 1200s when it was turned Roman Orthodox. After 1453 it was converted again into a Mosque, after the conquering of Constantinople, until it was converted to a museum in 1935. At the time of construction ...
... CONTINUES... Later in the day we spent some time exploring Hagia Sophia which started as a church before becoming a mosque then a museum. My knowledge isn't fantastic but the church dated back to about 537AD and was occupied by the Greek, followed by the Romans. Eventually in was taken over by the Turks as shown by the oversized Islamic symbols. In the evening we meet our local guide and other ...
... were fish stalls, groaning under the weight of the days catch. Most of the fish had their gills popped out, to advertise just how fresh they were and were constantly being doused in fresh water to keep away flys and to stop them drying out. There were plenty of equally well stocked vegetable stalls and an over-riding smell of olives throughout emanating from the numerous delicatessens.
I walked around aimlessly and ended up over by the Haydarpasa Train ...
Well after an ok flight I arrive in Istanbul, took almost an hour to get through passport, then couldn't find the right carousel, to pick up my bag,then when I did it took half an hour to appear. I was starting to thing it had been lost, but it was just the last one off. The driver was waiting for me for my free transfer to the hotel. I was given a drink on arrival, bags taken to my room where I passed out for 10 hours. To the sound of the calling for ...