|Sara eyeing the spices|
|Check out the name of the spice - it was extra spicy|
|Sara and me with Adam, our spice guy in Istanbul|
|Wash basin outside the mosque|
|Entry way to the mosque|
Our boat cruise started off in the Golden Horn and then went up the Bosphorus. Lots of cool old palaces and new modern palaces. When I have several million dollars to spare, I may buy myself a nice house on the strait.
|This was the only "island" in the Bosphorus - they turned it into an exclusive night club|
|Cool old fort|
|View of cool old fort from Asia side|
|Sara got to step into Asia for like 30 seconds|
After our cruise, we made our way back to go visit the Hagia Sofia, which had been closed on Monday. The Hagia Sofia was an awesome old Byzantine Church (built by Justinian, I think) which was converted to an awesome old Mosque under the Ottomans and was converted to an awesome museum in the 1970s. They have uncovered a number of the old Christian mosaics to go along with the Islamic art. Really cool place - by far my favorite tourist site in Istanbul.
|For some perspective on the size|
|Ancient mosaic that had been painted over when it was a mosque|
After Hagia Sofia, we took a Turkish bath. Interesting experience. Men and women were separate, so Sara and I parted ways. They gave me a towel to change into and then put me in a steam room for 10 minutes. Then, my Turkish bath guy has me lay down on this octagonal stage in the middle of a large hot, humid room, where he proceeds to spend 20 minutes giving me a not so great massage and rubbing me down with some exfoliating glove. Then he takes me to the side of the room and proceeds to throw warm water all over me to rinse me off. He then washes and rinses me one more time. All this time and his only English is "good? No good?" It was good - especially after a day walking around the hot city.
For dinner that night, we made our way over to the more metropolitan new city and ate dinner at this bar off of Taksim Square. I taught Sara how to play backgammon and she even beat me 2 out of 3. After dinner, we made our way back to our hotel and then left bright and early the next day.