Day 10 – Our Host, Tour of Istanbul, Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Hagia Sofia


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August 10, 2012
In Istanbul there was so much to see and we wanted to get the most out of our time there. We were very fortunate to have Dr. Arpad and his wife Isil as our hosts. They were so gracious to take us for two days to show us as much of Istanbul as possible.

The first day we went to visit the famous Trio, 1. Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque), 2. Hagia Sophia, and 3. Topkapi Palace. It was very hot with full sun but the visit to these historical places was well worth it.  One can easily spend days in visiting these places fill with history, art and unique architecture.

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Our host Isil who despite the very hot day was gracious to show us around

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The Hagia Sophia across the Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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Maham not complaining of heat in the courtyard of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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Entrance of Sultan Ahmed Mosque (the Blue Mosque)

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Courtyard of Sultan Ahmed Mosque (the Blue Mosque)

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The beautiful calligraphy inside the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (the Blue Mosque)

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The ornamentation and art inside of Sultan Ahmed Mosque (the Blue Mosque)

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The Islamic Calligraphy; Sultan Ahmed Mosque (the Blue Mosque)

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Wearing the shoes back outside the mosque

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Looking forward to another mosque

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Isil Arpad our very loving host, kids liked her a lot

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Entrance of Sultan Ahmed Mosque (the Blue Mosque)

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Entrance of Sultan Ahmed Mosque (the Blue Mosque)

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Courtyard of Sultan Ahmed Mosque (the Blue Mosque)

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The cool breeze!

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The shops outside

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The shops outside

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The Hagia Sophia

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Not posing for the photo!

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Giving me hard time to get his picture

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Always in a good mood

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The beautiful view of the Hagia Sophia

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The beautiful view of Sultan Ahmed Mosque (the Blue Mosque)

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Roasted corn, our favorite

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The shops

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In the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (the Blue Mosque) females to wear head scarfs

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Inside of Sultan Ahmed Mosque (the Blue Mosque)

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Raamish with the boy who was selling Top

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Bargaining on the street for the beautiful scarf

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The beautiful door