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... which was mind boggling! Soo many market spices, fresh fish, veggies and lollies crammed into a building which we spent ages just admiring as we walked around. We then decided to get lost and wander our way back into the heart of town, we walked along street after street filled with market style shops getting an idea of what goods are on offer and their prices, we somehow wound up in the grand bazaar which we were saving until tomorrow, after being dragged into a few shops ...
... and the Bosphorous. From there we continued on to Galata Bridge and then to the Tunel (Funicular) to take us back up the hill. Istanbul is a very busy place with all the narrow streets and little back alleys. Streets are packed with people specially Saturday night we could barely move the crowd was that thick.On Sunday we decided to take the funicular from Taksim Square down to the waterfront at Kabatas and then the tram to Topkapi Palace ...
... We saw the harem and learned that 1,001 concubines and their children lived in those quarters at one time. It was right on the water and was surrounded by beautiful gardens, a pond, and elaborate gates. We had to put little blue booties over our shoes, and no pictures were allowed. As we were leaving we saw a cat that had a mustache like Hitler’s! After we toured the palace we were picked up by a mini-bus and taken to the top ...
... of the spice market, the call of the muezzin (now over loud speakers), the ships heading off in all directions and the secretive women in their dark burkas....added to cell phones and scantily clothed tourists makes for an assault on the senses.
Tomorrow we are going on a cruise of the Bosphorus by local ferry then the next day we are off to Cappadocia. Tonight we are going to find some street food and a cold local beer.
Gotta love retirement.
... years. There are mosaics of Jesus and the Mary, some of the largest muslim calligraphy plates in the world, runes left by vikings who visited the Byzantines, and the empty sarcophagus of some ******** from the 4th Crusade (the one where Christians set out from Italy to conquer Jerusalem from the Muslims but got bored, wandered off, and sacked then-Christian Constantinople- the nail in the coffin of the first Great Schism). Of course, the half that you can ...