Afterwards we enjoyed some amazing Turkish Moussaka. And that tortilla thing... I don't know how they do it. Light, fluffy, delicious. Turkish cuisine is nommm nommmmmm.
The next day, we hoped for better weather, but had no such luck. We started the day off by checking out the Basilica Cistern, which was also quite impressive. The Cistern was built in the 6th century and was used to supply and store fresh water. Walking through the Cistern, you realize what a marvel it was for its time (and still is!).
It was still raining so we went to the Hagia Sophia. This was also very interesting because at one point in time it was an Orthodox Church, then later converted into a Mosque and is now a museum. You can see the influences of Christianity and Islam as you walk through the museum. Many of the old frescoes from when it was an Orthodox Church were actually preserved when they were covered by plaster when it was turned into a Mosque. You can see influences from both periods in the photo below.
See what I mean? We did a lot of sight seeing.
Next stop was the Spice Market. I had planned on buying some spices and tea......
The next day, the sun was shining and we took a boat cruise on the Bosphorus Strait, that connects European Istanbul to Asian Istanbul.
A view of the New Mosque (I think), the Galata Bridge and the European side:
A view of the bridge to Asia:
Finally, we made a stop at the Grand Bazaar.....
and bought nothing! What kind of girl am I?
The next day before our flight we spent some time walking around some parks near our hotel and I got my boots shined! First time they have been shined in a year and a half!
I think you can see the difference:
In front of the Hagia SophiaPin It