Istanbul Day 3

Trip Start May 19, 2008
Trip End May 28, 2008

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

  Our days have been so full that it's been tough to keep up with the blog.  We want to tell all about Day 4, so, for now, here is just an outline of Day 3:

Breakfast at the Hotel.

Walk down the long hill from our "Tunel" neighborhood to the Golden Horn.... the river that divides this newer part of town from Sultanahmet, the older part of the city we left.  (We may have mentioned before that Istanbul is half in Europe and half in Asia.  So far we have only been on the European side.  A diferent body of water - The Bosphorous, which means something like "Ox Crossing" - divides Europe from Asia.  We hope to go there on Day 5.

Still on this side of the river, we visit the Jewish Museum, in an old synagogue.

We cross the Galata Bridge, lined with fisherman with giant fishing poles fishing for tiny little fish.

We stop for tea and Hannah notices that we are close to the Levy Kosher Restaurant, so we go there for a very nice meal from very nice people who then hand us a bill for nearly 70 dollars!! 
(A meal that would have cost $30 anywhere else.)  Were we ripped off or is kosher meat just that much more expensive?

Then we walk through the "Spice Market," an "Old City" type market that is colorful and makes us a little crazy.

Then we see a gorgrous old mosque called the "New Mosque."  Not a tourist destination because it is "only" 700 years old, but our book says that visitors are welcome except during prayer times. 
So we sit inside for half an hour (what a refreshingly calm contrast to the market!).  This is Hannah's favorite place. 

Back across the bridge, then instead of climbing back up the steep hill, we ride the "Tunel" -- one of the world's first subways.  It just has two stops... bottom of the hill and top of the hill, in the "Tunel" neighborhood.  The station at the top is a few hundred feet from our hotel.

A quick nap and off to Friday night services at the Ashkenazi Synagogue, where I make a minyan and Hannah is upstairs alone till another visitor arrives.  There may not be many men there, but they make up for it with the most vigorous "amens" we've ever heard.

We stroll around the neighborhood, Hannah shops at some little shops, we stop for a small salad and head for bed.

More details coming soon!
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Where I stayed
The Peninsula Hotel, Sultanamet
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