Must do Istanbul checklist:

Trip Start Oct 17, 2012
Trip End Dec 03, 2012

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

1) Grand/Spice Bazaar - check. Nice but nowhere near as awesome as the bazaars in Damascus and Allepo Syria. There's no one butchering camels (or anything else) like there are in Syria!

2) Hagia Sophia - *see Topkapi Palace

3) Bosporus Boat Tour

4) Blue Mosque - I went last time I was here (the lines today were insanely long.)

5) Topkapi Palace - at $15 a pop for the palace or Hagia Sophia, I opted for the palace. Great collection if impressive ottoman "stuff". Lots of gold and I saw an 86 carat diamond! Insane amounts of tourists though... Boat people from cruise ships.

6) Basilica Cistern
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