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We had a relaxing day yesterday..... A visit to the Blue Mosque (truly enormous and quite lovely) then Hagia Sophia (such an interesting blend of histories and religions in a truly wonderful structure.
We ate a kebab in the park, took a boat tour on the Bosporus river and ate a fish sandwich from one of the fishing boats. We avoided the upmarket places and found ourselves with the locals in a dodgy part of the dock.
A stroll across the bridge and ashley found himself in paradise. We had found the hardware centre of Istanbul. I had to stop him from buying ittings abd bearings and had to drag him away from buying a roll of stainless steel mesh (but it's just what I need to make a sieve).
But what made it a perfect day was then sitting in a little cafe sipping Turkish tea and eating baklava next to the New Mosque as the imam gave the call to prayer. This really did feel like turkey.