One more post about 5 May days in Istanbul and I think I cover most of our amazing visit; we have come to Sunday ….. we had to manage on our own – while Nia and Ylimaz had a sleep in.
So before going to bed we booked a boat tour and after that we planned to visit the Blue Mosque inside. It started of great, the bus to pick up .. to take us to the boat on time – but after that it all went “Istanbulish” again. We were told it was going to take 15 min. More buses arrived … more waiting and no information what so ever.
One hours … just standing there like idiots – the boat arrived all tarted up like for a cheap wedding with white and red ribbons. The sky was getting dark and more dramatic.
It didn’t take long after the tour started the rain came and it came heavy – it was like monsoon rain. I had taken a cardigan with me, because of the visit to the mosque and it saved my life and I could be out on deck under shelter letting Oscar work as nothing was happening.
When we came to the Küçüksu Palace on the Asian side – we could leave the vessel for 30 min and have a look inside, but I decided to dry up under deck instead. Not allowed to take any photos inside the palace. Very pretty little palace that was only used for day time retreat and hunting – it doesn’t have any bedrooms. Completed in 1857, built in the neo-baroque style – very French inspired.
What I understand has it been used about 90 tons of gold to decorate the 7 Ottoman palaces in Istanbul.
When the tour started up again the sun came out again and it stayed with us for the rest of the day.
It was a fantastic day and it’s long time since I got that much fresh air in my lungs. The traffic at sea is aggressive as on the streets in Istanbul; tour boats, big container ships, freight vessels, cruise liners, ferries, ferries, ferries, ferries, ferries, ferries and more ferries. It was just frantic.
We disembarkation at the quay by the Spicy Market and a bus station and my god, talk about being crowed – just people everywhere. It was nearly impossible to move. It was now nearly 3am and we needed lunch, so we sat down at “Saray Muhallebicisi” and order Caesar Salads and looked at the people.
It wasn’t really a Caesar Salad and it was soaked in dressing, but we didn’t really expect it to be perfect neither. Then is was time to take the tram up to Sultanahmet Square and the Blue Mosque, but when see saw the queues to the mosque we understood that we will never be back on the hotel to be picked up for dinner in time.
We took the wrong tram and ended up where we started … more or less – so some walking on a street where the trams was just passing 30 cm from our arms. We were all worn out and the thought of walking the Galata Bridge … wasn’t that inviting for either of us.
So back on a tram again with destination Kabataş and safely back home on the hotel. Where told that our friends had been asking for us. So a big rush for a shower and change of clothes .. 45 min later, take off for dinner with Nia and Ylimaz.
The tempo is high and aggressive in Istanbul, so now time to return to more off Chicago and of course Las Vegas for more calmer environment. *smile
“A good companion shortens the longest road.”