Wednesday, October 1, 2014


We actually had an easy start at 8:30 and had a boat road on the Bosphorous which is part of the Golden Horn that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara.

Next stop was the Hagia Sophia.  For nearly 1000 years it was the largest church in Christendom until St. Peters was built in Rome in the 1500's.  It is now a museum with mosaics still in great shape.

Around 1:00 we stopped for a lunch break and 6 of us went to a local restaurant that our guide, Kazim knew about.

After lunch we stopped at the Blue Mosque.  It was built on the same pattern as the Hagia Sophia.  It was built in the 1600's and is called the Blue Mosque because of the color of the tiles decorating the interior.  The ladies had a lot of clothing requirements.

And the Topkapi Palace to see how the Sultans lived.  This is a large complex that had 10,000 people running around during a normal day at the height of the power of the Sultan.  The jewels in the Treasury are mind boggling.

Our final stop was the Grand Bazaar.  We were really tired by that time so shopping was limited.  Two of the group went to a Turkish Bath.  We will let you try to figure out who it was.

These are some of the group who did not go to the Turkish Bath.  You can stop worrying Lamar and Ray.


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