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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