Istanbul Travelogue: Day 9

May 3, 2007 at 9:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Today we finally got on that bus out to the City Walls. See our photos. All of our adventures in mass transit went smoothly for once, heh. We climbed around on another castle built by Sultan Mehmet II. This one, called Yedikule, runs right along the Theodosian Walls, which protected the Byzantine Constantinople from the constant onslaught…until the Ottomans came, saw, and kicked their asses. The walls run for several miles from the Sea of Marmara all the way up to the Golden Horn. We took lots of pics, climbed around where we could (and were glad we were there during the day–it appeared to be a haven for smelly bums), then took a cab up along the rest of the wall and to an 11th century Byzantine church well-known for it’s beautiful mosaics. We wandered a bit looking for some old palace ruins, but after not finding much, we took another bus home. We ate dinner at our favorite Kabap place–I’ll always remember Istanbul as the land of lamb and honey–then took the Tunel train down to the waterfront for one last sunset stroll.

All in all, this has been a great vacation. James definitely loved it best here. I think I liked Vienna slightly better, but this was a lot of fun, too. Poor James is lamenting that this is his last trip abroad, but I think it will be nice to stay in one place for awhile. I’m sure we’ll make it abroad again in the next 5 years.

I started a great Istanbul book that I hope to finish on the plane–A Coffin for Dimitrios by Eric Ambler. It’s a classic mystery-thriller set in the 20s and 30s in Istanbul.


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  1. Thanks

    Thanks for sharing your travelogues & photos. I don’t need to go anywhere myself, just wait for the pics from you or Amy! Hope to see you when you get to KC. Have a safe trip back to US & also to the heartland.

    Jan Sanderson

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