We walked round Istanbul yesterday from 0900 to 1800 and were worn out - too much! We saw the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia not to mention two bazaars and going up to the top of the Galatea Tower to look down on Istanbul and its waterways. So where to begin?
The Spice Market
Tiles in the Blue Mosque
An internal door in the Blue Mosque above and a cushion in Ikat below. There were two or three stalls in the Grand Bazaar selling Ikat - very bright colours. Mostly what the sellers were pushing was carpets but our guide says No, not in Istanbul, wait till we get to Cappadocia. I have no intention of buying a carpet anyway. I have asked where the Turkish marbled paper is but the guide does not know and has promised to find out. There is said to be a roomful at the Topkapi Museum where we are going today.
Our guide has led us to two decent restaurants where the food was (presumably) Turkish. Very enjoyable and not at all expensive.