Wandering the city
Trip Start Jul 14, 2002
120Trip End Dec 17, 2007
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Leaving the mosque, we walked through some beautiful gardens, filled with flowers and a fountain. As it was only April, it was not so hot, and instead was a lovely spring day with a clear blue sky and the sun was shining. The gardens were so pretty, and so we sat for a bit to appreciate it. We took a slight detour to a tomb, which was quite nice, but had a family of cats living in the corner, which were adorable
For lunch we went to a tiny restaurant where we ate Turkish pizzas. They were not really like pizza, more a flat bread with cheese and meat that is cooked, folded over and then cooked again. They were very tasty and surprisingly filling.
After lunch we visited the Basilica Cistern, an underground palace filled with water. There were many columns lit up, which reflected in the water. It was quite unusual, and reminded me of my visit to Bath. One of the columns was upside down, with the face of a woman on it.
We wandered down to the park, and then over to the river, where we stopped to look at the fishermen and the large numbers of jellyfish in the water. We also visited another mosque, which in my opinion was just as pretty as the blue mosque, if not better. I had to wear a headscarf to go in, which I had no idea how to tie!
After the mosque we went to the Spice Bazaar, soaking up the colours and smells of all the exotic spices. It was interesting just to watch the haggling taking place, so we didn't buy anything. We had dinner back in the Old Quarter, where I had a delicious casserole covered in yogurt and humus with bacon. Mmmm!