Chora Church, Bosphorus, Bazaars
Monday 17th May
We started with a visit to the Chora Church — now the Kariye
Museum — which we reached via a taxi trip that gave us a view of
the city walls.
From the church we climbed onto the nearby section of the Walls, then
walked down through back streets to the Golden Horn. There we got a bus
to Eminonu — though we were a bit disconcerted when this reached
its destination by crossing the Ataturk bridge and then coming back over
the Galata bridge.
We had lunch and briefly explored the Spice Bazaar before heading off
on a Bosphorus cruise. This took us across to the Asian shore and then
up the Bosphorus to the second bridge; it wasn't one of the cruises where
there's a stop at the Rumeli fort.
Back at Eminonu we had a fish sandwich from the floating stalls, then took
at look at the Rustem Pasha mosque, which is a lovely little mosque just
off a back street.
From there we walked up the hill to the Grand Bazaar. From reading
the guidebook, I was expecting a crowded maze of narrow streets full of
pushy salesmen, but this was more like a fancy European shopping suburb,
with wide regular streets and expensive shops. (It is effectively a
whole suburb that has been roofed over, with different areas done at
different times in differen styles.)