Inside the Blue Mosque and the train to Ankara
Trip Start Feb 23, 2008
104Trip End Jun 05, 2008
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Next stop was the Blue Mosque -- this amazing building took 10 years to build between 1606 - 1616 ... Taking our shoes off we entered behind the plastic. It is huge inside but not as grand as Aya Sofia -- that has no columns supporting its huge dome -- the ones supporting the Blue Mosques domes are massive. There are tens of thousands of blue tiles that line the interior
After I left i met some of the group at a sweet shop called Mado where i had my first taste of authentic baklava and boy it was good! A few of the others had gone off to see things i had already seen so so just chilled and chatted. When we were a full group again we walked back to a restaurant near our hotel and had some great grilled chicken with bread bread bread... We accidentally missed our ferry so we waited and looked around the shops then caught a 3pm boat for a cruise down the Bosphorus. We took off and passed under the Galata Bridge, past all the fisherman and caught some great views of all the minarets of the many mosques in Istanbul. The water was calm and the air crisp and we soaked it up... we went past the huge Dolmabahce Palace - an imperial residence. The harbour is very pretty and i recommend taking a ferry - in parts it reminds me of Sydney with its waterfront housing and apartments and hillsides.... Plenty of little fisherman in their putt putt boats. One small bay we passed had huge sailing boats moored in it and huge cliffs in the background -- looked like Monte Carlo.
We docked back at the station then headed to see the Grand Bazaar