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Last Day in Turkey

This morning we jumped on the tram and headed to the Karakoy area of Istanbul. One of our friends from the Uzbekistan tour told us about a good baclava place, so we went there and picked some up. Then we went to a little cafe for a cappuccino.
We walked up the hill to the Galata Tower, and strolled the streets in the Taksim area. The Galata Tower was built in 1348 by the Genoese, and is a prominent landmark in this part of Istanbul.
We jumped back on the tram and rode it to the western part of Istanbul.
On the walk back to our apartment we heard the call to prayer. We passed by several areas in which men had soread cardboard on the streets and prayed in ranks of hundreds of men. We assume that the fact that this was happening in the streets has something to do with the fact that this was Friday, and Ramadan.
We spent the balance of the afternoon catching up on emails and internet, and preparing for the next stage of our trip.
In the evening we returned to the same restaurant that we found on our first night, as the food was so good.

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Enjoying Baclava with our morning cappuccino
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Galata Tower
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Side street in Istanbul
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The beautiful Blue Mosque

Posted by Jimpat 11:51

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