Our First Full Day

Inside the Grand Bazaar

Inside the Grand Bazaar

We had a very full and very nice day. After a good breakfast at the hotel, we hit Hagia Sofia. It’s quite a building, though the Pantheon in Rome remains my favorite ancient architecture. Then it was on to the Blue Mosque and a walk around the Hippodrome. We then headed up to the Grand Bazaar, which was quite an experience. We didn’t end up picking anything up, but it was well worth the trip. We then headed out towards the Spice Market. Thinking we were lost, we asked for help and found out we were just down the street. After a quick lunch, we walked through. It was also a worthy site.

After the visit, we walked over the Galata Bridge and back, checking out the fish market on the Galata side. A walk back to the hotel rounded out our major chunk of the day. We took a break to relax a bit, then I headed out to do some “sweet light” photos of Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque. For dinner, I had made reservations at Sarniç, which is housed in a Roman era cistern. The setting was superb as was the food. It was even decently priced. For tomorrow, we have plans to visit the archeological museum, which we missed on Monday, and then either to head across the Bosphorus to Asia or up to Taksim.

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