Rain is likely today. For a rainy day activity we plan on visiting the Archaeology Museum. There are supposedly 4 floors of museum magic, which should be very informative and entertaining. Then we will likely see the cistern, as it will be drippy no matter the weather.
W will post photos soon!
We awoke to the sound of the morning prayer. Not normally an early morning person, I was up at 6:30, not being able to go back to sleep.
We ate a traditional Turkish breakfast provided by the hotel, which consisted of bread, semit, hard boiled eggs, cheese, olives, and meat.
We started the day at the Blue Mosque, and then proceeded to the Hagia Sophia. We also managed to see (and this may not be in order, I am pretty wiped out at this point in the day) the Topkapi Palace (including the Harem), the Spice Bazaar, the Grand Bazaar, the Railway Museum, a lunch of kebap and pida, Turkish coffee (yuck), and a whirling dervish.
We had drinks at the Orient Express restaurant, where we also snagged a few postcards.
Good morning from Istanbul! This morning I woke up to the sounds of the morning prayer. I am looking forward to breakfast, when we will make a game-plan for today. We are going to try to walk to our destinations as much as possible, as I feel you really get to know a city the more you walk it. Walking also allows you to stumble on sights you would normally zoom by in a taxi or on a tram.
Istanbul kitties, for your enjoyment.
Well, we have made it! We are staying close to the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. We arrived in the afternoon, strolled around the Arasta Bazaar, ate some potato eggplant thing, tasted apple tea, and saw a kitty eating the largest worm I have ever seen (a monster from the depths of the earth?).
Tomorrow we hope to visit the railway museum and/or the Hagia Sophia.
If any of our fans have been to Istanbul, let us know what type of street food you enjoyed.
While walking through the winding streets of Paris near the Eiffel Tower, we stumbled on what can only be an artifact of the truly insane. This statue of madness clearly shows cultists of the most evil. Worshipers of Nyarlathotep, maybe!