16.11.2012 - 16.11.2012
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.
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;
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.