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Day 51

Last day!
Spent the morning around Hagia Sophia-originally a Christian church during the Byzantine era, then turned into a mosque during the Ottoman Empire. Interesting mix of Christian and Islamic remnants.

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Spent more time at the Grand Bazaar buying last minute gifts, then crossed off one of the "1001 Places to see Before You Die"-Had a Turkish Bath at Cagaloglu Hamami. Got exfoliated & lathered to a froth then massaged-wonderful!! No photos so;

http://www.cagalogluhamami.com.tr/

Summary of Istanbul;

  • Millions of people! Traffic chaos, beeping horns(for different reasons), packed fishing bridge, urban sprawl for many kms, thousands of new apartments being built.
  • Very friendly people, even with the haggling.Very helpful with no expectations to be rewarded. Good sense of humour. Everyone in the tourist industry speaks English.
  • Traditional foods; Kebaps or Kofta with salad & pickles, Pide, Pomegranate juice, roasted chestnuts or corn, Turkish Bagel, Baklava, Halva, pickles, pickles, pickles!

What a wonderful holiday. 10 countries, 2 continents (crossed to Asia in Istanbul), 7.5weeks, thousands of kms-PRICELESS!

Looking forward to seeing family & friends again.
XX

Posted by warnerc5 10:35

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