'En avril, ne te découvre pas d'un fil!' Meaning that you shouldn't shed you warm clothes in april for fear of the chill that still hangs in the air!What to do on a Saturday in Istanbul? The weather flipped back to winter again. I started with a second visit to Hagia Sophia. Photos don't do it justice.
|This is the ramp leading to the Empress gallery|
|Taken on tip toes from a window in the Hagia Sophia - that's the Blue Mosque. I love this photo|
|This is the Hagia Sofia|
|Hotel by the Bosphorus where I'm not staying this time|
|Gates to Yildiz Park|
|Miles of tulips|
|Even the road cones are nice|
Next stop Taksim Square. A defiant stroll down Istikial Caddesi, site of the recent bombing. In the historic french cafe where I stopped I read that there can be a footfall of 3 million in the course of a weekend. Half of them were strolling along with me I think.
|Here's the Galata Tower that marks the end of the shopping street|
|The tram was packed|
My hotel is over the road from the station build especially for the Orient Express. I'll leave from there tomorrow to go to Bulgaria on a train that will probably be in somewhat similar state as the station.