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Sunny Day in Istanbul

This is our second visit to Istanbul, so we are quite comfortable here. We wandered up to the Grand Bizarre, and weaved through its labyrinthine corridors. Then we jumped on the tram and made our way to the harbour area. We visited the Spice Market, which seems to be much more sanitized since we last visited 10 years ago. To our disappointment, it now houses relatively few spices, and lots of tourist stuff.
We wandered through the old streets, and eventually found ourselves back near SultanAhmet. We had a nice cappuccino, and then went to visit the Basilica Cistern, one of our favourites sites here. It is still lovely, but now much busier than on our last visit, and lacking any water!
We stopped at a little restaurant for a lunch of Turkish mezes. Then we stopped at a traditional little cafe where we had tea and Turkish coffee, and enjoyed a game of backgammon.
Then we visited Hagia Sophia, one of our favourite buildings anywhere. Built in around 500 a.d., it was originally a cathedral. Later it became a mosque, and finally it was converted to the museum it is now. It must have been a stunning building at the time it was built, and it is still something to behold.
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Grand Bazaar
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Beautiful Turkish light
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Yummy Turkish treats
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Spice Market
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Spices
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Basílica Cistern
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Coffee, tea and backgammon
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Hagia Sophia
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Hagia Sophia
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Hagia Sophia
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Hagia Sophia
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Hagia Sophia
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Hagia Sophia
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Hagia Sophia
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Hagia Sophia

Posted by Jimpat 11:40

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