The otherworldiness of Istanbul

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Blue Mosque
After travelling all day to ─░stanbul in a bus with no air conditioning, we finally arrived to the lively metropolis. Everything is more in this city: more people, more aggressive sales people, more expensive hotels and food. We walked around the Sultanhamet area, which is home to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. We saw part of a light show on the Blue Mosque.

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.
Hagia Sophia
The Blue Mosque is very impressive and very luxurious with its carpeting. The mosaics are gorgeous!

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 Beyo─člu, 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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Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque
Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia
Column from Hagia Sophia
Column from Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia dome ceiling
Hagia Sophia dome ceiling
Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia
Mihrab - Hagia Sophia
Mihrab - Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia Semidome
Hagia Sophia Semidome
Mimber - Hagia Sophia
Mimber - Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia
The Deesis (The Last Judgement) wi…
The Deesis (The Last Judgement) w…
Empress Zoe Mosaic - Hagia Sophia
Empress Zoe Mosaic - Hagia Sophia
Stone showing the Lamb of God - Ha…
Stone showing the Lamb of God - H…
Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque Courtyard
Blue Mosque Courtyard
Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque Semidome
Blue Mosque Semidome
Blue Mosque dome ceiling
Blue Mosque dome ceiling
Mimber - Blue Mosque
Mimber - Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque
Tomb of Sultan Ahmet I
Tomb of Sultan Ahmet I
Fish Sandwich anyone?
Fish Sandwich anyone?
Corn on the cob vendor
Corn on the cob vendor
Istanbul
photo by: Memo