Today we journeyed on to Istanbul which is our last stop on the tour.
We had an early morning wake up call as we had a morning flight from Antalya to Istanbul. However, we were up before the wake up call as we were awoken by the morning call to prayer. During the trip we were often woken up at 4:30 by the call to prayer.
In Antalya this minaret was probably less then 50 meters from our room.
This was the last time to board the bus with our trusty bus driver. He was a great driver and treated all of us well. He kept a spotless bus and took us in and out of many narrow spaces. We have a new driver in Istanbul and we already miss Mustafa.
We were soon at the airport and in the air for our flight to Istanbul. We flew over some beautiful snow covered mountains along the way. You can see from the picture that I am sitting well behind the wing. Only one row behind us on the plane.
Our first stop in Istanbul was the Hagia Sophia Museum. The building was originally constructed as a church, but later became a mosque. Today the building is a museum and the source of much controversy as to what level of restoration to make.
More on the Hagia Sophia in a future post.
I did buy a few small items along the way, but nothing too much.
We almost ran out of time and had to find a place where we could get food to go. We ate our food while on the way to our next destination.
After a nice dinner, some of us took a walk to Taksim Square. The square was beautiful at night. Since it was a Saturday night the square had many people around and also some people keeping an eye on them 🙂
Tomorrow we look at some more sights in Istanbul and then it is time to fly home on Monday.
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