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Gone Fishing
Gone Fishing (Nikon D5000)

One of the surprising things to see on the way to the hotel on the first day was this bridge. A double deck bridge with traffic, trams and fishermen above and restaurants with pushy waiters touting for business some of whom remember your face fron yesterday when you said you might walk back, now less than 24 hours later one chap thought he could cash in in the half promise. He was disappointed as were the rest of them. Other than a rather uneventful 90 minute boat trip on the Bospherous a trip to the short but sweet spice bazaar was had and a taxi back to Taksim.

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Topkapi Palace At Last
Topkapi Palace At Last (Nikon D5000)

We got there finally and it was open. Another tiring day of exploring the Palace which was not greatly impressive and all looked a little similar all except the museum where the prophet had left bits of himself for tourists to view. The rest of it contained grounds and buildings covered in gold with blue and whitqe mosaic and mother of pearl. Nice when you see one but the third didn't have as much effect.

Then it was off to the great Bazaar which was impressive but not what you would expect perhaps we were expecting Morocco, but then again if we wanted Morocco we should have gone. No spices just phone covers, gold, kebabs and carpets. I have a really good snap of a light seller but that was in portrait and what with the problems I'm having I can't include it, so a pic of the Topkapi Palace will have to do.

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Aya Sofya
Aya Sofya (Nikon D5000)

After a rather abortive attempt to get to the Topkapi Palace. Well the attempg was successful it's just thag the palace is closed on a Tuesday, we headdd for the Aya Sofya. this is quite an impressive building, buit in around 530AD it took 1000 years for any of the local mosques in area to challenge it. For a time it usdd to be the largest enclosed space in the world and thd size of the dome was a huge technical achievement at the time. Now a tourist attraction this is the third church to be built in the site and kmpressive it is too with it's marble floors on the second level.

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Red Moon Over Istanbul
Red Moon Over Istanbul (Nikon D5000)

With Edirme being the visit today there were not too many photk ops. Despite the three hour drive there and back there wasn't much there. Just a Mosque and someone telling us we were in a bad area. We had a look for a beautiful bridge but gave up anx came home. So today all you have is a pic of the moon over the other side of Istanbul from last night. I tokk loads but I couldn't decide which was best, you don't have that weighty responsibility.

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Where's Zamyatin
Where's Zamyatin (Nikon D5000)

This is an easier game than where's Wally as the flag is a definate clue and sadly the best picture that was the right way up. I thought that I had finally cracked it. I built an image uploader with a rotate feature and bought (was given) an Eye-Fi card so I was totaly mobile with my DSLR, but no. Either I have loaded an earlier verson of the uploader or it broken so pictures of the Blue Mosque and the Cistern will have to wait for another day. Lots of walking was to be had and huge places were seen, one of them having blue tiles. The driving style here is interesting in as much as there isn't one, in facr I have yet to work out anh rules at all. traffic lights are more or less a guide and stopping anywhere is essential even if you have just pushed past someone only just to hit the anchors to stop where you want to. This means that crossing the road is an extreme sport. With any luck tomorrow I shall have a better shot in landscape mode.

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