Family - Istanbul. The Last Day

Trip Start Mar 12, 2008
Trip End Mar 31, 2008

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

We got off to a slow start, on this, our last day in Istanbul. Firstly, we had to "spring forward" at 3am for summer time, and secondly, the only sight that the kids really wanted to see was the Aya Sophia. It was also probably the coldest day of the trip, with overcast skies and a fairly biting wind.
We got to the Aya at about 12:30, and were impressed, to say the least. At one time, the largest man-made structure, and for many centuries, the largest church in the world, it had been built by Justinian in the 500īs. The interior is still lined with frescoes that had at one time been plastered over, but are now very visible with restoration work. I think the most impressive feature was the sheer size of the place.
We wondered round for some time, and Asher and Gracey actually discovered the video capability of their cameras, and both made short clips that they plan to post on YouTube.
After the Aya Sophia, we walked around the Sultanahmet area again, shopping for some more souvenirs and taking in the sites for the last time. Then somewhat tires, we returned to the hotel to pack and prepare for the trip back.
Our last night dinner was spent on the roof-top restaurant of our hotel. The view was great, the food was great and the company was fantastic. The conversation was really about the journey, what we had enjoyed most, what our favorite sites were, and what we would see the next time we returned to Turkey. A great evening to end off the trip!
One last thought about museums and archeological sites in Turkey: They are really quite inexpensive, and for most of the time, we only ended up having to buy two tickets for the three of us - the kids got in free. Our tickets were never more than 10YTL (about $8 US), and usually less.
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