Mosques or aircon ?

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Aya Sofia old East Roman empire church now converted to a mosque

Istanbul is an amazing city. It is no longer the capital of Turkey but it is still by far the biggest city. It also got all the contras and paradox the rest of Turkey got as well.

 

Turkey is a country that is mainly based in Asia but wants to be a part of Europe and the west. They got a secular constitution with strict separation of religion and state yet almost everybody is muslin. The country wants to be modern but there are old bazaars and carpets sellers everywhere. Nowhere in Turkey will you find these paradox more to there extreme than in Istanbul the only city in the world which is placed in two continents.

Blue Mosque

 

Hence I looked forwarded to see a bit of Istanbul just a quick day tour to find out whether or not I would like to come back. One thing I had not thought about at home were the temperature outside. Leaving my nice air coned hotel room I got out in the Turkish summer. Nice sonny and warm. The temperature outside in the late morning was already way above anything we had seen back in Copenhagen for 2 or 3 years - nice.

 

Strolling around the old town in Istanbul was impressive with a mix of local markets and mosque spread all over. The main thing of course is the two big mosques the Blue Mosque which is one of the most impressive mosques in the world I suppose even without having seen that many mosques and the old Hagia Sophia which used to be a church during the old East Roman empire times.

Casstle in Istanbul

 

After having visited the mosques it was time to get to the old castle of the Ottoman Empire where the temperature made me decide against any cultural activities indoor instead I just went for the quick look around seeing the garden with a nice view over the Bosporus Straight.

 

Walking away from the castle back to the other parts of town I started thinking about my nice air conned hotel room with a pleasant temperature. It appeared to be a more appealing option than continued sightseeing. Little did I realize that this stinking hot day would actually be one (perhaps the coolest) of the coldest days for the next five weeks - and this hotel room would be the last time I would see air-condition until I got to Cairo.


Still I made the choice to leave the rest of Istanbul for next time I get there - and there will be a next time just doesn't know when it will be. Then inside a nice air conned room ready to relax and catch up on some sleep from last night.

flyonthewallnz says:
really enjoyed the write up
Posted on: May 31, 2010
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