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TURKEY, ISTANBUL.

A favourite place of mine.

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i] I first visited Istanbul in 2009,memories linger on. Have been a couple more times, The first i travelled from England by
train across Europe , taking my time sightseeing on the way. Then ferry Italy to Greece,and

ferry to Cesme Turkey/ Then bus, train and ferry to Istanbul. My map shows route out
and return.-------Turks like tea ,so do i, so felt at home.-------I stayed 4 nights at
hotel Aydin, only 500 m from main attractions. The first thing the hotel recepetionnist did was
give me a glass of tea.-------Beware of fast traffic and shoe shiner tricks.------In Spring and Summer it can get hot, so think about a hat, and carry a bottle of water. also a small amount of toilet paper has public toilets don ,t always keep. ------There is a open top tour bus,i took this early in my stay to get to know the place. ---The local trams are a good way to move around. ----
sTURKEY  ISTANBUL.  --  Ferry  Point.

TURKEY ISTANBUL. -- Ferry Point.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL--  Sirkeli  station was  the  terminus  of  the  Orient  Express.

TURKEY ISTANBUL-- Sirkeli station was the terminus of the Orient Express.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL...-  Sirkeli  station,  i  believe  it  is  now  part  of  city  transport,

TURKEY ISTANBUL...- Sirkeli station, i believe it is now part of city transport,

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.  --  Istanbul  Gar  known  as  Sirkeci.  i left  from  here  to  Belgrade.  European  train  now  leave  from  Halkali- Sirkeci  famous as  the  terminus  of  the  Orient  Express

TURKEY ISTANBUL. -- Istanbul Gar known as Sirkeci. i left from here to Belgrade. European train now leave from Halkali- Sirkeci famous as the terminus of the Orient Express

TURKEY  ISTANBUL  -  Blue  Mosque.

TURKEY ISTANBUL - Blue Mosque.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL .  Down  by  the  Bosphorus.

TURKEY ISTANBUL . Down by the Bosphorus.

----------------------------- A marvelous sight is the Bosphorus bridge ,
built in 1973 by CBE of England., i took a ferry ride under it. -------The Basilica Cistern is an underground
water works from byzantium times. Carp are swimming in the water, and there are 2 Medusa stone heads in the water. ------In
the Blue Mosque shoes must be removed, a carry bag is provided for your shoes. , so i walked in my socks. The Blue Mosque is closed to tourists at times of prayer. I returned at dusk , to see the outside floodlit. ------Aya Sofya was built as a church, now a Mosque, interior marvellous ----- Topkapi Palace , home of the Sultans for centuries, is Istanbul top attraction, and crowds prove it. There is an
admission charge and an extra fee for the Harem. ---TURKEY  ISTANBUL.  From  the  Golden  Horn  ferry.

TURKEY ISTANBUL. From the Golden Horn ferry.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL..-  On  the  Golden  Horn  ferry.

TURKEY ISTANBUL..- On the Golden Horn ferry.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL    ---  On  Ferry.

TURKEY ISTANBUL --- On Ferry.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL  ==  Bosphorus bridge.  How  close  is  that  to  a building  ?

TURKEY ISTANBUL == Bosphorus bridge. How close is that to a building ?

TURKEY  ISTANBUL   --  Bosphorus  bridge.  from  ferry.

TURKEY ISTANBUL -- Bosphorus bridge. from ferry.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL ...Lovely  ferry  ride.

TURKEY ISTANBUL ...Lovely ferry ride.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.

TURKEY ISTANBUL.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.--On  the  Bosphorus  ferry.

TURKEY ISTANBUL.--On the Bosphorus ferry.

TURKEY ISTANBUL--  Galata  Tower  can  be seen  across  the  Bosphorus

TURKEY ISTANBUL-- Galata Tower can be seen across the Bosphorus

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.  --  Entrance  to  Blue  Mosque. I  was  given  a  carrier bag  for  shoes.

TURKEY ISTANBUL. -- Entrance to Blue Mosque. I was given a carrier bag for shoes.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL  -  Inside  Blue Mosque.

TURKEY ISTANBUL - Inside Blue Mosque.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL..  --  Nice  soft  carpet and  my  stocking  feet in  Blue  Mosque.

TURKEY ISTANBUL.. -- Nice soft carpet and my stocking feet in Blue Mosque.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL  --   Blue  Mosque.

TURKEY ISTANBUL -- Blue Mosque.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.  --Inside  Blue  Mosque.

TURKEY ISTANBUL. --Inside Blue Mosque.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL --  Aya Sofya.

TURKEY ISTANBUL -- Aya Sofya.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.    Near  Aya Sofia,

TURKEY ISTANBUL. Near Aya Sofia,

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.  --  Inside  Aya  Sofia.  --  Shows  Christian  and  Islamic  elements.

TURKEY ISTANBUL. -- Inside Aya Sofia. -- Shows Christian and Islamic elements.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.  Inside  Aya Sofia.

TURKEY ISTANBUL. Inside Aya Sofia.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.  -  Aya  Sofia.

TURKEY ISTANBUL. - Aya Sofia.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL  --  Aya  Sofia .or  Hagia  Sophia.  --  formally  a church  built  537AD

TURKEY ISTANBUL -- Aya Sofia .or Hagia Sophia. -- formally a church built 537AD

TURKEY  ISTANBUL  --Gardens  near  Blue  Mosque.

TURKEY ISTANBUL --Gardens near Blue Mosque.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.  --  Blue  Mosque  by    day -- ----- Built  between  1609  and  1616.AD

TURKEY ISTANBUL. -- Blue Mosque by day -- ----- Built between 1609 and 1616.AD

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.     -  Blue  Mosque  at Dusk.

TURKEY ISTANBUL. - Blue Mosque at Dusk.

-------Takism
Square area is lively at night with bars and cafes. I crossed the low level bridge, then
took the funicular to Istikal Cad, and walked to Takism Square this is on the Asian
side, Also on this side is Galata Tower for the spectacular view. --- The Grand Bazaar in the old town (Europe) is at Kapah Carsi ,is
indoors with several "street". ----Caferaga Medressah is now tourist shops used to
be a religious school. , is on the road to Aya Sofia.-----I said i like tea, well there are plenty of mobile tea sellers calling "Cy Cay Cay " -- I think Istanbul is one of my faviourite places..------ TURKEY  ISTANBUL      Funicular  near  Galata  tower.

TURKEY ISTANBUL Funicular near Galata tower.

TURKEY,  ISTANBUL  - Catholic  church

TURKEY, ISTANBUL - Catholic church

TURKEY  ISTANBUL  .Sunday  Service in  Catholic church.

TURKEY ISTANBUL .Sunday Service in Catholic church.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL..  Tram  Galata  to  Takism,

TURKEY ISTANBUL.. Tram Galata to Takism,

TURKEY  ISTANBUL  --  Takism  Square.  Independance  Monument.

TURKEY ISTANBUL -- Takism Square. Independance Monument.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL..    Takiism   Square,

TURKEY ISTANBUL.. Takiism Square,

TURKEY  ISTANBUL    - Tram  in  Istiklal  street.

TURKEY ISTANBUL - Tram in Istiklal street.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL -- Galata  tower on  the  Asia  side.-- Built  in  500 AD as  a  watchtower. -63m  high.=Lift  to  upper  floors. Night club  on  upper  floors When  i  was  there

TURKEY ISTANBUL -- Galata tower on the Asia side.-- Built in 500 AD as a watchtower. -63m high.=Lift to upper floors. Night club on upper floors When i was there

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.      View  from top  of  Galata  tower ,  Asia  side.

TURKEY ISTANBUL. View from top of Galata tower , Asia side.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL  --  View  from  top  of  Galata  tower,  looking  towards  the  Europe  side.

TURKEY ISTANBUL -- View from top of Galata tower, looking towards the Europe side.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.   --   Let  sleeping  dogs  lie.  !

TURKEY ISTANBUL. -- Let sleeping dogs lie. !

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.   Takism  Square  ,the  area  of  Besiktas  football  club.

TURKEY ISTANBUL. Takism Square ,the area of Besiktas football club.

TURKEY,  ISTANBUL.  --  Hotel  Yeni  Aydin.  Cheap  and  affordable.   500m from main  attractions.  Topkapi  Palace  about  6  or  7  minutes..

TURKEY, ISTANBUL. -- Hotel Yeni Aydin. Cheap and affordable. 500m from main attractions. Topkapi Palace about 6 or 7 minutes..

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.    Hotel Yeni  Aydin  -Lounge.

TURKEY ISTANBUL. Hotel Yeni Aydin -Lounge.

TURKEY   ISTANBUL.  -- Hubba   Bubba  pipes.---- Nargle.

TURKEY ISTANBUL. -- Hubba Bubba pipes.---- Nargle.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.  -  Submarine.

TURKEY ISTANBUL. - Submarine.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.    Is  a  favourite Cruise  stop.

TURKEY ISTANBUL. Is a favourite Cruise stop.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL   -  Cross  the  road  with  care !

TURKEY ISTANBUL - Cross the road with care !

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.-  Outside the  old  Haydarpasa  station.  Ferry  point  and  rail  station  now  closed.

TURKEY ISTANBUL.- Outside the old Haydarpasa station. Ferry point and rail station now closed.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL..  Looking  across  the  Bosphorus  towards  old  Haydarpasa  rail  station.,  on  Asian  side.

TURKEY ISTANBUL.. Looking across the Bosphorus towards old Haydarpasa rail station., on Asian side.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.   --  Haydarpasa  station. now  closed.  Grand  interior.  Trains  n  Asian  Turkey now  leave  from  pENDIK.

TURKEY ISTANBUL. -- Haydarpasa station. now closed. Grand interior. Trains n Asian Turkey now leave from pENDIK.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL  --  Tram.

TURKEY ISTANBUL -- Tram.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL  -- Cooling  fountains.

TURKEY ISTANBUL -- Cooling fountains.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL  --  Whirling  Dervish.in  Cafe,.

TURKEY ISTANBUL -- Whirling Dervish.in Cafe,.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.  --Cat  drinking from  Feet  washing  place.

TURKEY ISTANBUL. --Cat drinking from Feet washing place.

TURKEY  ISTA NBUL  -Not  a  magic  carpet

TURKEY ISTA NBUL -Not a magic carpet

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.   Galata  low  level  bridge connects Karakay ( Europe )  with  Galata  (Asia )  This  bridge  from  1994.

TURKEY ISTANBUL. Galata low level bridge connects Karakay ( Europe ) with Galata (Asia ) This bridge from 1994.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.  Galata  bridge ,  fishermen line  the  bridge  day  and  night.

TURKEY ISTANBUL. Galata bridge , fishermen line the bridge day and night.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL..  --  Banks  of  the  Bosphorus  from  ferry.

TURKEY ISTANBUL.. -- Banks of the Bosphorus from ferry.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.   Near  Topkapi  Palace.

TURKEY ISTANBUL. Near Topkapi Palace.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL  --Entrance  to  Topkapi  Palace.

TURKEY ISTANBUL --Entrance to Topkapi Palace.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.  .Guard  at  Topkapi  Palace  entrance

TURKEY ISTANBUL. .Guard at Topkapi Palace entrance

TURKEY  ISTANBUL..    Topkai  Palace..

TURKEY ISTANBUL.. Topkai Palace..

TURKEY  ISTANBUL,  Topkapi  Palace

TURKEY ISTANBUL, Topkapi Palace

TURKEY  ISTANBUL  -  Topkapi  Palace.

TURKEY ISTANBUL - Topkapi Palace.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.   Topkapi  Palace.

TURKEY ISTANBUL. Topkapi Palace.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.    Topkapi  Palace ,home  of  the  Sultans  for  centuries.

TURKEY ISTANBUL. Topkapi Palace ,home of the Sultans for centuries.

TURKEY,  ISTANBUL.   Topkapi  Palace,  There  is  a  admission  fee  with extra  charge  for  Harem.

TURKEY, ISTANBUL. Topkapi Palace, There is a admission fee with extra charge for Harem.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.     Topkapi  Palace.  -  Harem.

TURKEY ISTANBUL. Topkapi Palace. - Harem.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.   Topkapi  Palace.

TURKEY ISTANBUL. Topkapi Palace.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL. -- I travelled  from  England, across  Europe by  train  and  ferry,  taking  my  time  sightseeing  on  way. Staying  at  places of  black  dot..  for  17  days.

TURKEY ISTANBUL. -- I travelled from England, across Europe by train and ferry, taking my time sightseeing on way. Staying at places of black dot.. for 17 days.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL.  --  I  took  a  tour  bus, early  in  my  visit to  get  an  idea  of  the  place..

TURKEY ISTANBUL. -- I took a tour bus, early in my visit to get an idea of the place..

TURKEY  ISTANBUL  -  One of the entrances  to  Grand  Bazaar.

TURKEY ISTANBUL - One of the entrances to Grand Bazaar.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL -  Grand  Bazaar.

TURKEY ISTANBUL - Grand Bazaar.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL   --  Sightseeing  makes  me  thirsty. !

TURKEY ISTANBUL -- Sightseeing makes me thirsty. !

TURKEY   ISTANBUL --  Turkish  Delight.    Yum  Yum  !

TURKEY ISTANBUL -- Turkish Delight. Yum Yum !

TURKEY  ISTANBUL  -  Basilica Cistern is  a  underground  waterworks  from  Byzantium  times.

TURKEY ISTANBUL - Basilica Cistern is a underground waterworks from Byzantium times.

TURKEY   ISTANBUL    Basilica  Cistern,  stone  head  of Medusa  in  water..

TURKEY ISTANBUL Basilica Cistern, stone head of Medusa in water..

TURKEY  ISTANBUL -   Basilica  Cistern,  carp  swimming  n  the  water.

TURKEY ISTANBUL - Basilica Cistern, carp swimming n the water.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL    -- Caferaga  Medressah  now  tourist  shops. ,used  to  be a  religious  school.

TURKEY ISTANBUL -- Caferaga Medressah now tourist shops. ,used to be a religious school.

TURKEY  ISTANBUL --  Bread  Seller  using  his  head.

TURKEY ISTANBUL -- Bread Seller using his head.

-- East meets West.-- SINCE THIS VISIT A UNDERGROUND RAILWAY HAS OPENED UNDER THE BOSPHORUS,LINKING THE ASIA SIDE TO THE EUROPE SIDE. Or the other way round.

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