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Day 46

Istanbul

Early plane to Istanbul (2hrs $200). Marathon in Istanbul, so drive from airport took ages.

Walked around Sultanahmet area in the afternoon. What an amazing city! Sensory overload with roasting chestnuts, roasting sweetcorn, fresh pomegranate juice, grilled fish, spices, turkish delight in abundance, Islamic call to prayer 5 times a day(over PA throughout the city), store owners enticing you in to buy their products-all with smiles on their faces!

Went to the Spice Bazaar-fantastic! Sacks full of spices and bucket loads of different flavoured turkish delight.!

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Walked through a crowded underpass tunnell (City population 16million!)

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to the Galata Bridge where it's standing room only for the fishermen with their rods.

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Watched the frenzy of fast food Istanbul style-Decorated boats pulled up alongside the bank of the Bosphorus with huge grills on them piled high with fresh grilled fish fillets, then slapped into a bread bun with some lettuce-called balik-ekmek,Yum!

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Had a quick look at the Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia which are very close together & close to our hotel.

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More tomorrow!
Kofta & Baklava for dinner.

Posted by warnerc5 08:09

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