Four Continents 2012

Istanbul: 23-25 August, 2-4 September

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View from our hotel's rooftop restaurant, looking over the Golden Horn. *

 

Rather less attractive view towards Aya Sophia. †

 

On our first morning in Istanbul, we wandered down to the waterfront. This is the view across the Golden Horn, with a ferry approaching and the Galata Tower in the background. *

 

The Galata Bridge across the Golden Horn, with a multitude of fish restaurants on its lower level. *

 

We took a boat trip along the Bosphorus, passing the Dolmabahçe Palace ... †

 

and under the Bosphorus Bridge, with its nearby old fortifications. *

 

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Our destination was the village of Anadolu Kavagi, guarded by another old hilltop fortress. †

 

The village had some attractive waterfront houses ... *

 

and some that were less attractive. *

 

The centre of the village is almost entirely composed of fish restaurants catering for the tourists who arrive by boat. *

 

Some local residents passing the time. †

 

The next day, we set out to see the Süleymaniye Mosque, passing the impressive University building. *

 

Nick made a mistake in navigation, so we ended up at the Sehzade Mehmet Mosque. It was not where we intended to be, but it was very beautiful. †

 

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Nearby was the Aqueduct of Valens, which used to be the water supply for Istanbul. *

 

Eventually, we did reach the Süleymaniye Mosque. *

 

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View over the Golden Horn from outside the Süleymaniye Mosque. †

 

Then back to near Galata Bridge to see the Spice Bazaar. The goods on sale looked so nice that we took many photos. *

 

A calligrapher preparing a name plate for our grandson. *

 

An evening view of the Blue Mosque ... *

 

and of the restaurants near our hotel. *

 

The Bosphorus Bridge in lights, from our hotel's rooftop restaurant. *

 

Street scenes around Sultanahmet. *

 

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During our second stay in Istanbul, we set off on a quite long journey by two trams to the Chora church. *

 

The church is near the old walls of Istanbul. *

 

It is noted for its mosaics and other decoration. *

 

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That evening, we dined at Topaz, an excellent restaurant in the Galata area ... *

 

... with views out over the Bosphorus. *

 

Our last day in Istanbul, we revisited Aya Sophia: built as a church in 537, converted to a mosque in 1453, and classified as a museum in 1935. *

 

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In places, there are some structural problems. *

 

Leaving Istanbul, we were able to use the Turkish Airlines Business lounge, which is by far the best appointed airport lounge we have encountered. *

 

This is the ladies' rest room. *


Between our two stays in Istanbul, we took a 7-night tour of some other parts of Turkey, starting with Cappadocia.

 

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