Other sights from around town
Dinner with the kids is always interesting.
They ended up eating lots of bread and pasta. But that seemed to meet wit
Breck's approval, and it gave them lots of energy for late night explorations!
The hippodrome used to run down what
is the main street in front of the Blue Mosque. Of course, that was 2000
years ago, and there's not much left. There is still a gigantic Egyptian
obelisk that was brought in (right). It is interesting to note that the
much older obelisk is still sharp and clear, while the 'newer' Roman base
is quite badly eroded.
In the middle of the hippodrome there
now stands a small podium with gilded roof, a gift from Germany in the
early 20th century.
If our shopping
pages weren't enough, here are a few more images taken while cruising
The state-run carpet shop is located right
across from the Hagia Sophia and features
guaranteed quality (as well as non-negotiable prices). I popped in one
morning and bought a kilim rug just because I felt obligated to. I figured
that I owed myself that much, having visited the city three times!!
There simply seems no end to the amount
of 'stuff' for sale in the city, from bracelets (which Alea likes)
to fancy Fez hats (which Breck likes)
to fresh bread and weavings (which Susan
to hookahs with many different flavors
(which Dave likes)
to yummy pomegranates and other fruit
juices (which we all like)
If all the shopping leaves you winded,
you can always trot around town with a chauffeur, but you'll have to run
the gauntlet of tea salesmen who glide along the sidewalks between the
Hagia Sophia and the Blue
For a more traditional shopping district,
head across the river, where (semi) pedestrian zones house shops with all
the latest stuff you could want.
Luckily enough there was a hookah in our
and a hot cup of coffee in the shadow
of the Blue Mosque next morning...
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