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18.04.2015 - 19.04.2015
In my 2 days in Istanbul I have made many friends. Strange thing is that they all want me to accompany them to their carpet shop! 'My new friends' usually hang out around the tourist attractions offering some useful a dice such as "Visitor entrance is over there" or " Mosque is closed now for prayer and will not re-open to..." They seem to be very good at guessing I'm an Aussie but then with ANZAC day ono a week away it is probably just a good educated guess.
This morning I went on a 'mosque crawl'. All up I visited 4 mosques being the Blue mosque, the New mosque, Rushen Pasma mosque & Suleymaniye mosque. Whilst similar each had their own style. The Blue mosque is the most famous, so named because of the 20,000 blue Izmit tiles that adorn the mosque. However due to the sheer size of this behemoth and the restricted visitor viewing area it is near impossible to see any of the fine detail in the famed tiles. However the grand scale of the Blue mosque is just incredible. Next was Suleymaniye mosque, the 2nd largest in Istanbul. More plainly adorned than the glamouros Blue mosque its understated interior perfectly highlights its magnificent carpet. Next was the small Rustem Pasha mosque which is also renown for its blue Izmit tiles without the viewing restrictions. Off the beaten mosque trail, I virtually had the place to myself, well except for a very alert attendant Finally it was the New mosque. I was probably mosque'd out by this point so only had a short visit.
Since my final mosque for the morning was near the Spice bazaar, how could I resist a short side trip for another mouth watering sweet ;} The early afternoon was spent lazily in a garden ( the name escapes me) with it's colourful display of bulbs in full bloom. Later in the day I made my way to Galata tower for another gorgeous sunset.