Strolling along Istiklal Caddesi
Trip Start Oct 20, 2006
5Trip End Oct 25, 2006
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There were not one, but two Starbucks along the route but I resisted! There were also a number of Christian churches in the area, but I didn't go in any of them as it was Sunday morning and services were going on. I enjoyed heading off the beaten track and discovering the nooks and crannies in the area and for the longest time I actually was able to find my way. I stopped for a cappuccino and slice of strawberry cheesecake at an art nouveau cafe named Cafe Markiz. I also went up the Galata Tower and took in the lovely albeit hazy 360 degree views of Istanbul. Once down the tower I got a bit lost though. Oh well. Upon reaching the main avenue, I flagged a taxi to Topkapi Palace but I got roped in to a carpet shop by a clever not so innocent bystander
Unfortunately, whilst I was in the shop, it had started to rain so I decided to forego the palace and instead went to the Basilica cisterns. Very cool place and I think I got some decent shots - thanks to my mini tripod.
After that, I headed towards the hotel but ended up going into another carpet shop in the Arasta bazaar - a shop called Galeri Desen. What a difference a shop makes! He showed me plenty that I liked and we were kept company by a cute kitten that lay on a chair acting all cute and cuddly. In the end, I purchased 2 rugs for $1700 - OUCH! What a sucker I can be! Hopefully, once I've laid them down on the floor of my flat back in Dubai, I won't be cursing that cute kitten for disarming my wallet.
I had arranged to meet Sara and her friend Marsha at the Sirkesi train station at 7:00 as we planned to watch the Whirling Dervishes