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ISTANBUL ,TURKEY.

Europe meets Asia.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY     Glass of Turkish Tea.

ISTANBUL TURKEY Glass of Turkish Tea.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.

ISTANBUL TURKEY.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.       Galata Bridge.    Doubledecker.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. Galata Bridge. Doubledecker.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.

ISTANBUL TURKEY.

BULGARIA.  SOFIA.

BULGARIA. SOFIA.

BULGARIA  SOFIA.

BULGARIA SOFIA.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.....Fishermen on Galata bridge.

ISTANBUL TURKEY.....Fishermen on Galata bridge.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.        Taxi !

ISTANBUL TURKEY. Taxi !

ISTANBUL  TURKEY..     .Grand Bazaar.

ISTANBUL TURKEY.. .Grand Bazaar.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY... Entrance to Grand Bazaar.

ISTANBUL TURKEY... Entrance to Grand Bazaar.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.......A bridge on your mind.

ISTANBUL TURKEY.......A bridge on your mind.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.   View from Galata Tower.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. View from Galata Tower.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.   .  Let sleeping dogs lie. .

ISTANBUL TURKEY. . Let sleeping dogs lie. .

ISTANBUL  TURKEY..    Galata Tower.   I went to the top.

ISTANBUL TURKEY.. Galata Tower. I went to the top.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY..   RC  Church on Asian Side of the Bosphorus.

ISTANBUL TURKEY.. RC Church on Asian Side of the Bosphorus.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.    Inside RC Church.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. Inside RC Church.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY...Old tram in service.

ISTANBUL TURKEY...Old tram in service.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.    Takism  Square.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. Takism Square.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY..    Enjoying a beer on a balcony overlooking Yokusa.

ISTANBUL TURKEY.. Enjoying a beer on a balcony overlooking Yokusa.

ISTANBUL TURKEY.      . Relaxing on the ferry ,on the Bosphorus.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. . Relaxing on the ferry ,on the Bosphorus.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.     Ancient and Modern.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. Ancient and Modern.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.    Sailing under the bridge.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. Sailing under the bridge.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.    Hubba Bubba  Pipes.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. Hubba Bubba Pipes.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.     Visting ship.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. Visting ship.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.      Blue Mosque.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. Blue Mosque.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.     Sirkeci  station.  The Romantic setting of the " Orient Express".

ISTANBUL TURKEY. Sirkeci station. The Romantic setting of the " Orient Express".

ISTANBUL  TURKEY..  City Tram.

ISTANBUL TURKEY.. City Tram.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.

ISTANBUL TURKEY.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.. Inside the Blue Moque.

ISTANBUL TURKEY.. Inside the Blue Moque.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY..     Inside the Blue Mosque.

ISTANBUL TURKEY.. Inside the Blue Mosque.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.

ISTANBUL TURKEY.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.   Whirling Dervish,on stage in a Open Air Cafe.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. Whirling Dervish,on stage in a Open Air Cafe.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.  Ferry Point.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. Ferry Point.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY..   Local buses.

ISTANBUL TURKEY.. Local buses.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.        A Quite Day !

ISTANBUL TURKEY. A Quite Day !

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.   Old Medressah..

ISTANBUL TURKEY. Old Medressah..

ISTANBUL TURKEY,,     Aya Sofya.

ISTANBUL TURKEY,, Aya Sofya.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.    Aya Sofya.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. Aya Sofya.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.     Open Top Bus.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. Open Top Bus.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY              Use you loaf !

ISTANBUL TURKEY Use you loaf !

ISTANBUL  TURKEY..      Blue Mosque.

ISTANBUL TURKEY.. Blue Mosque.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.....Topkapi  Palace.

ISTANBUL TURKEY.....Topkapi Palace.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.     Topkapi  Palace.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. Topkapi Palace.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.       Topkapi  Palace.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. Topkapi Palace.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY  ..      Topkapi  Palace.

ISTANBUL TURKEY .. Topkapi Palace.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.         Topkapi  Palace.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. Topkapi Palace.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.  Topkapi  Palace.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. Topkapi Palace.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY       Topkapi  Palace.

ISTANBUL TURKEY Topkapi Palace.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.          A selfie !

ISTANBUL TURKEY. A selfie !

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.           Topkapi  Palace.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. Topkapi Palace.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY   Topkapi  Palace.

ISTANBUL TURKEY Topkapi Palace.

ISTANBUL TURKEY.     Topkapi  Palace.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. Topkapi Palace.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.        Byzantium Cistern.Entrance.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. Byzantium Cistern.Entrance.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY..    . Byzantium Cistern,live Carp.

ISTANBUL TURKEY.. . Byzantium Cistern,live Carp.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.  Stone Head of Medusa.,in the water.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. Stone Head of Medusa.,in the water.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.     At the entrance to Topkapi Palace.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. At the entrance to Topkapi Palace.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.  Entrance to Topkapi  Palace.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. Entrance to Topkapi Palace.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY.      A Display Sign.

ISTANBUL TURKEY. A Display Sign.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY..  I stayed at this Hotel Aydin in 2009  £25.

ISTANBUL TURKEY.. I stayed at this Hotel Aydin in 2009 £25.

ISTANBUL  TURKEY             Hotel Lounge.

ISTANBUL TURKEY Hotel Lounge.

I last visited Istanbul in 2009, memories linger on. ----I travelled from England by train across Europe, taking my time ,sightseeing on the way. Then ferry from Italy to Greece,and ferry to Cesme Turkey. From Cesme took the train northwards ,to the ferry for Istanbul.------Turks like tea, so do i, so i felt at home. I stayed at the hotel Aydin,only 500 m from the main attractions. The first thing the receptionist did was give me a glass of tea.------A tip is beware of the busy traffic in Istanbul,also shoeshiners tricks. ---- In Spring and Summer it can get hot,so think about a hat, and carry a bottle of water. A small supply of toilet paper is handy,as public and other toilets don"t always supply. ----There are Open Top Buses,i took one early in my stay to get to know Istanbul. The local trams are a good way of getting around.---------------A marvelous sight is the First Bosphorus Bridge, built in 1973 by CBE of England, i took a ferry under it.----------The Basilica Cistern is a underground cistern from Byzantium times. Carp are swimming around and there are two Medusa Heads.-----------In the Blue Mosque shoes must be removed, a carry bag is provided for you to carry your shoes, so i walked in my socks, on the carpet. The Blue Mosque is closed to Tourists at time of Prayers. I returned at dusk to see the outside of the Mosque floodlit.---- Aya Sofya built as a Church,now a Mosque, The interior is marvellous, as are all Turkish buildings seem to be.--------Topkapi Palace, home of the Sultans for centuries is Istanbuls top attraction, and the crowds prove it. There is an admission fee and a extra fee for the Harem------ The Grand Bazaar is at Kapah Carsi,is indoor with several " streets"----Caferaga Medressah is now a row of tourist shops, used to be a religious school.-------- The Galata bridge is a doubledeck bridge, with fishermen fishing over the side into the Bosphorus.------On the Asian side is Takism Square lively at night with bars and cafes. Also on the Asian Side is the Galata Tower,for the spectacular view. ---On this side is the Funicular at Istikal Cad.----------I said i like tea ,well there are plenty of mobile tea sellers calling "Cay Cay Cay"-----I think Istanbul is my favourite place.----------SINCE THIS VISIT A UNDERGROUND RAILWAY HAS OPENED UNDER THE BOSPHORUS LINKING ASIA WITH EUROPE,this probally means less ferries, ! -------------------------------------I arrived in Turkey by ferry in Ceseme. I left Istanbul by train from Sirkeci station. This is the station famous for being the terminal of the old Orient Express. In Bulgaria the train was going very slow,arriving in Sofia i found out that a carriage had a cracked wheel.. This lead to a overall delay of 16 hours. Luckily my ticket was valid for a later train.-----------TODAY TRAINS DON"T LEAVE FROM SIRKECI STATION FOR BULGARIA, BUT FROM HALKALI, JUST OUTSIDE ISTANBUL.

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