One last day in Istanbul sent us on a cultural adventure. We walked over the Galata bridge where Chris enjoyed a fish sand which right off a boat for 5 Turkish lira (about $3) and I had fresh squeezed OJ and Turkish delight. Yummy! We did visit two more mosques and walked around old Istanbul. Topkapi palace was our next stop where we drooled over the Sultans quarters and the gorgeous blue tiles, and walked thru his harem and the inner courtyard. Sunshine broke out as we traipsed thru the tulips in the palace.
We enjoyed traditional Turkish food for dinner,little mezze plates with so many choices served with bread and beautiful fish and fire roasted veggies. The highlight of the night was an unforgettable religious ceremony with traditional music and whirling dervishes. These men go into a trance worshiping God, spinning on one foot while pushing themselves in a circle in their long white robes, which spin in circles along with them. Their eyes close and their hands raise, one hand turned to God, one hand turned to Earth to bring his love to the people. In the short hour we were mystified. Pictures to come!
It was in such a neat part of town and the lights had come on so everything was illuminated. We wandered in and out of corridors and twisted roads with cobblestone streets. Istanbul is exciting and Enchanting. But now it's time for some country... We are off to Cappadocia tomorrow. Known for its fairy chimneys and volcanic rock formations, and we are staying in a cave hotel...in an actual fairy chimney! Pictures to come!