Istanbul, Day 3

This was our last day in Istanbul, so we wanted to make sure we saw as much as possible.

We started our day with a trip to Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia), a mosque that was recently turned into a museum.

From here we moved on to the Blue Mosque, which we had only seen in the evening.  It’s the biggest mosque in Istanbul, with 6 towers. It’s an actual working mosque, thus shoulders had to be covered and shoes had to be taken off. While I was inside there were people praying, so it was a much different experience than Ayasofya, which was simply filled with tourists.

This was our last day in Istanbul, so we had to make our way to the Grand Bazaar. Unfortunately my camera died at this point, but know it was crazy! So many stalls, so many people, it was an experience all on its own.  We all purchase some scarfs, and I also purchased these gorgeous handprinted bowls (which I managed to keep undamaged during my next 6 weeks of travelling!).

The most fun part was when Aidan found a piece of jewelry she loved, but walked away from, but then wanted to go back and purchase.  It was so difficult to find the right stand, but after a ton of searching and so many wrong turns we managed to return to the booth and get her the necklace she wished for.

From the Bazaar we took a little break and crossed the Bosporus Strait to explore the other side of Istanbul.  From traditional tea, to ice cream, to Turkish Delight (which I surprisingly found delightful!), it was the perfect way to end our time in Istanbul.

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