2nd November 2010 – At Leisure
Today was a chill out day to recharge our batteries.
Istanbul is a spectacular city for sightseeing and is definitely worthy of its European Capital of Culture 2010 status. We did not have sufficient time to go to the European part around Taksim Square and instead focused upon Sultanahmet, the old part of town.
For lunch, we stopped off at a cafe for a real kebab, much tastier than the ones at home.
And then on to the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world. With over 1,200 shops, the bazaar is reknown for selling jewellery, pottery, spices and carpets. Now, none of us are particularly big on shopping but it was good to share some banter with the local shop traders.
It was great to have a day off from driving. Our next day of leisure is in another 5 days time in Esfahan (Iran) and there’s a lot more driving to be done between now and then.