Sunday, 2 September 2012

Cartwheels in Istanbul

This is an amazing city -- Rena and I are staying in the historic centre, near Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, and other joyous locations. We have walked and walked and today relaxed and went to a wonderful Hamam (Turkish massage and so forth). Have not had such a good massage since I stayed in Ubud, Bali, more than twenty years ago. Feel ready to fly...
There is so much to see... happily David and I are thinking of staying over the winter in Turkey -- this seems to be slowly developing along the right lines. Tomorrow we fly from Istanbul to Izmir and then a journey of about two hours to meet David near Eskifoca (the "c" pronounced somewhat like a "ch").
This interesting building is just round the corner from our hotel which is appropriately named "Adora". Now for a pic of Rena and then one of me in the gardens of Topkapi Palace.

Above one of the many architectural joys encountered in Topkapi.
And the food is delicious, especially the lentil soup and Turkish bread...
Must stop now though there is so much to tell. Hopefully there'll be more time on the boat.
Final view of a street in the centre of Istanbul.

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