Day Seven – Where East Meets West

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.

Our first stop was Sultan Ahmed Mosque.  Built between 1609 and 1616, it is more commonly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior.  

We then visited Aya Sofia, formerly a cathedral, later a mosque and now a museum.

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.

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2 Responses to Day Seven – Where East Meets West

  1. Yagmur Alev says:

    I definitely love Istanbul! It is a crazy big city =)) You have seen some of the popular places but if You will have time on your way back to your home, you must spend a little more time in there 🙂
    Have fun on your travel!
    Y.

  2. fyshnet says:

    Thanks Yagmur. It was great meeting with you. You’re right – 2 nights and 1 day does not do justice to such a beautiful city. It’s a must-see and we’ll defo be back! SH

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