Reached my Limit of One Sight a Day

Trip Start May 04, 2011
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Last night Martin agreed to ditch his psychology conference and join me for a tour of the Hagia Sofia. We spent a couple of hours just admiring this seven wonder of the world. It was actually the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years. It was first constructed as a Greek Orthodox basilica from 360-1453 before it was converted into a mosque when the Ottomans conquered Constantinople and finally into a museum in So you have this dichotomy of a huge self-supporting dome with remnants of gold mosaics of Jesus and Mary (since restored) and then large Islamic round signs hanging in the four corners with the typical mosque like lamps. Regardless of religion is a holds a powerful spiritual aura.

The remainder of the day was spent lounging at Martin's hotel roof terrace, working on photos, eating watermelon and relaxing.

That night I was determined to check out the neighborhood called Ortakoy. Initially I planned to walk there along the Bosphorous but just at that moment the local bus stopped in front of me so I jumped on. But not for long as I watched pedestrians make more headway than we were sitting in bumper to bumper traffic. I was pleased to arrive and find a perfect table at House Café and hotel. Tonight I indulged in a nice plate of grilled salmon with a tarragon sauce, sautéed spinach and potatoes with a nice glass of the local white wine. The vibe and décor reminded me a lot of the Sky bar sans pool.

After a couple of hours of people watching and blogging I headed back to Taksim to meet up with Cem, Can’s brother. Cem is the older sibling and an attorney who chose to reschedule his plans and meet me for drinks before driving us back to the apartment. Again the hospitality score is a 10 for these guys. Cem made sure to arrange for a taxi to pick me up at exactly 10:00AM to take me to the airport the next morning.
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Liz on

The Hagia Sofia is beautiful, absolutely magnificent. I really do not believe there is anything else like it. I spent a few days in Istanbul, going to different mosques, shopping in the Bazaar, etc and another amazing thing was going to the bridge to Asia. Sight to see.

Thanks for sharing, great pics
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