Off to an early start in 6 degrees we set of for a walk to the Blue mosque. It took us some 2 hours to get there but we had a very scenic walk crossing gelato bridge. Here on the top floor men fish for mackerel type fish and the restaurants below sell them, quite a cottage industry. Over the bridge and though the grand bazaar. Shortly after we arrived at the blue mosque and enjoyed it in all it's splendour in bright sunlight albeit quite chilli especially out of the sun. The cultural work done we headed for the Grand bazaar. Inside there is a huge selection of everything for sale. If only I knew what to buy! After a couple of hours shopping we paused to have a local lunch and drink.
Next it was off to a all island on the Bosphorus, kizkulesi where we had the best photo opportunities and of course a couple of more effies to sooth the throat. Fully refreshed we set off on the return journey in a sea taxi was memorable for the fact it felt like a roller coaster ride. The boat was only about 20' long and was bouncing about like a cork, we were happy to survive the ride we set off in the most horrendous traffic for our evening meal.
We settled on the north shore of the Bosphorus in a traditional Turkish restaurant where the four of us enjoyed tapas, fish and grilled meat accompanied by Efes and saki. We then followed up this with an evening stroll along the coast. A very interesting city well worth a further visit but it is very busy with traffic and pedestrians so you would have to come out of season also it can be very hot in the summer months so worth avoiding then.