Istanbul is a most interesting city. Within a few blocks there are magnificent towering mosques all perched on the edge of the water. Yesterday we visited the Tokapi Palace and roamed through the rooms of the Harem. Here the Sultan kept up to 300 concubines. I could hear the men in the crowd discussing the possibilities! The grounds and buildings are beautiful and especially so at this time of year with garden beds full of brightly coloured tulips. We've all jostled through the Spice market, oh to have fun buying some of the wares; visited the underground Cistern and my high school classes came back to my at the Hagia Sophia.
We have discovered some interesting areas on the Beyogli side of the city. Great lanes of bars, crowded with people sitting watching the world go by. Loads of atmosphere.
Today we head out with new friends for a cruise on the Bosphorus!
Weather mid teens and dry. Day to day expenses very reasonable. Great metro system although we tend to walk most everywhere.