Our Last Full Day in Istanbul and Turkey


The interior of the dome of the Mosque of Rüstem Pasha


Today was, largely, a repeat for my wife and me, since we came here early to take some other people around the sites that they would miss at the end of this trip because they had to leave early.


The mihrab of the Mosque of Rüstem Pasha,
covered with tiles from Iznik


We took a cruise on the Bosphorus — only halfway up, this time, rather than all the way to the Black Sea — and then toured the Dolmabahçe Palace again.  Then, after lunch in a nice Turkish restaurant (called “Hamdi”) near the Spice Market, we spent some time at the Rüstem Pasha Mosque (designed by Mimar Sinan) and at the Spice Market itself.  Finally, the day ended with a lengthy stay (too lengthy for me!) at the Grand Bazaar and a final excellent dinner.


Detail of tiles in the Rüstem Pasha Mosque


Now all that’s left is breakfast, the airport, and the interminable plane flights back to New York and from New York to Salt Lake.


Posted from Istanbul.

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