Istanbul Travel Blog› entry 5 of 9 › view all entries
April 26th, 2007 – by: Browntown
On our way to the Blue Mosque we passed two large free standing Obelisks. Unfortunately Asterix or Dogmatix were nowhere to be seen :( The Blue Mosque is still in use so we had to conform to the rules of no shoes and not exposing to much skin.
The next stop was a leather store - we were escorted into a small room where we were treated to a fashion show of leather jackets and pants that the store sold. It was fun to watch, but it was also nice to take a seat for a while after walking and standing around for the last few hours.
This was the end of the guided walking tour for the day so we headed back to the hotel for some rest and wait for the river cruise. The river cruise wasn't a good as we'd hoped due to the cold weather and high winds. As soon as we jumped onboard the ship we headed into the indoor section and cracked a beer. It wasn't long after we started cruising that the people who tried to brave the weather for the scenery began making their way inside for some warmth. The spearker system onboard was rubbish so unfortunately we didn't get to hear much about the history of Turkey and some of the prominant buildings along the waters edge, but it was still nice enough just to sit back and relax with friends enjoying a laugh and drink.
That night the tour group got together for a big TopDeck traditional turkish meal and entertainment. The food was tasty enough, the band was pretty cool and the belly dancer was a laugh. Everyone had a good time and lots of laughs. After the meal quite a few mentioned going on to the Sah Bar for a few more drinks so Craig joined them while Bec and a few others headed around the corner to the hotel for an early (well it was midnight so not exactly early) night. The Sah Bar was pretty much the same as the first night except there seemed to be more people and they were alot drunker. After a couple of drinks a few of decided to call it a night and headed back to the hotel.
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