Istanbul!

Today we woke up early and had a one hour trip to Istanbul. It is an amazing city. After getting settled in and taking a short nap it was off to Istikal Cadesi the heart of modern Istanbul. We wandered through shops of all kinds and tried to deal with the fact that we had gone from walking with no one else around to being surrounded by thousands of people. Once we got over that we had a nice dinner by the Galata Tower then walked across the Golden Horn on the Galata Bridge which was beautiful at night. We ended the evening eating Turkish ice cream on a park bench in front of the Hagia Sophia. I think we will enjoy this week.

January - when James says "thousands of people" he really means millions. What a change! I think my favorite part of today, though, was being woken up from my little nap by the call to prayer. From our hotel room we can hear the call of a couple of different mosques, and they each sound different. It is haunting and beautiful to listen to. I may feel differently tomorrow morning at 5am...

A mosque at night (we need to figure out which mosque it is)
A mosque at night (we need to figure out which mosque it is)