Pam and I met up for dinner again and had a nice meal in the backstreets of Sultanhamet behind the Aya Sofia then lots of zzzzz's.
Tonight I am meeting with Pam for another hamam...this one designed by the famous architect, Sinan. I'll write more later about it. Tomorrow...hop on an early shuttle to the airport for my short flight to Athens. Will finally get to see the Acropolis/Parthenon and other famous Greek sites!
Saving one of the best for last this time...yesterday spent the morning at the magnificent Aya Sofia. Just as good as the first time I saw it many years ago when I visited Istanbul with my mom. Loads of people but the huge structure still took my breath away. As before, there was a huge scaffolding tower in the center as the restoration work continues. I walked out and had a Turkish coffee and OJ at the sidewalk cafe outside watching the heaps of tourists walk back and forth in the heat. In the afternoon after getting my backpack zipper fixed (see earlier blog) I walked throught the Topkapi Palace gates and got lost in the shade and trees of the gardens for a while before heading into the impressive Archeological Museum. Played with the cutest little black kitten while I was in the garden and a lovely family visiting from Iran came up to me and wanted to take a picture. We had a nice exchange and they continued on their way out of the garden.