Ah finally something quite different. Arrived in Istanbul mid afternoon. One of the girls - Mel, has lived in Istanbul before so she left to meet up with her sister and mother for the few days we are in Istanbul.
On arriving we had a quick look around the hotel and went to the grand bazaar which is a large shopping area where people sell their goods from shops and carts like you'd think in arabian nights or aladin. Needless to say it was very busy. Ate some more kebabs (when in Turkey why not :-) ). The next day we went on a walking tour (much longer than plovdiv) around istanbuls main sites - the blue mosque, sansfoia and topkapi palace. The detail and though that went into creating the blue mosque is quite staggering from accoustics to measurements of the dome based upon a persons name. Very impressive indeed. We also went on a boat trip along the bosphorous river which runs through the city.
Whilst we stayed at the hostel in Istanbul, we usually stayed ion at nights at the hostel as the staff were a great laugh and on the second night they put on a bellydacing show where they brought in a girl who bellydanced for everyone (men and women). She also picked up people from the audience to give it a try, needless to say yours truly was one of the chosen. Don't expect me to put up any photos of that - i didn't get any photos
The last day in Istanbul was a fairly lazy day for me as I just relaxed and got my hair cut and got a shave. Irish barbers should be ashamed. When people say that the Turkish barbers are the best I would believe them. I was in there for around an hour an a half - and it was great. I really enjoyed my time in Istanbul - it has been the best city yet, loads to see, lovely friendly people and great food. Enough said.