The otherworldiness of Istanbul
Istanbul Travel Blog› entry 7 of 12 › view all entries
June 7th, 2008 – by: Trakey
Yesterday, we visited the Hagia Sophia, which is pretty mind blowing. The craftmanship and detail in design is incredible and puts current archiecture to shame. Unfortunately, we could not see the dome in its entirety due to work being down on a nearby wall.
We also visited the Blue Mosque and we were given scarves to cover our shoulders because apparently our shirts did not cover our neck and collarbone enough to their liking.
We took a break and went for ice cream at Mado's. I had chocolate, banana, black mullberry, and a mix of vanilla/chocolate. Nina had black mulberry and raspberry.
We also went to the tomb of Sultanhamet, then headed to the Grand Bazaar. WOW!!!! It's a maze and at times we felt like we were going in circles. We were overwhelmed and didn't stay for very long as the pushiness of the salesmen became too much.
We took the tram to the Galata Bridge and went to the original Turkish Delight store. How many Canadian stores can say "Established in 1777"? We bought some Turkish delight. :) Afterwards we walked across the Galata Bridge and watched people fishing off the side and we went to Beyoğlu, which is the nightlife district. We went to the Galata Tower, which provides a great panoramic view of the city. We went to Vera's and people watched while drinking Efes beer with Eduardo. Last night, Turkey was anticipating a win from their football team in the Euro 2008, however, Portugal won the game much to the dismay of many Turks.
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