Thursday 3rd June
In our sojourn in Istanbul at the beginning of the trip, we hadn't
left the old city, apart from a brief and accidental bus loop and a
Bosphorus cruise. So when we returned to Istanbul we decided to visit
the newer part of town. Istanbul is enormous, so this was still only
a tiny bit of the central city.
We caught the tram to Karakoy and the funicular up to
Tünel. We had coffee in a cafe/bookshop waiting for the Pera Museum to open. This had a
temporary exhibition by South American artist Fernando Botero, who was a
real discovery to me. The permanent exhibitions include galleries of
Orientalist paintings, Anatolian weights and measures, and Kütahya tiles
painting by Fernando Botero
a whole sea bass for lunch
We had lunch, then walked down Istiklal Caddesi, a pedestrianised
boulevard, to Taksim Square. On the way we found a whole cluster of
really nice bookshops, some of them with an extensive range of books
Near Taksim we looked at an old cistern turned art gallery,
and at an Orthodox Church.
Friday 4th june
We wandered around separately in the morning. I walked back past
the university and had a look at the Aqueduct of Valens. The Calligraphy
Museum was closed, as was the Binbirdirek Cistern.
Gabi and I met up to say goodbye and pick up our bags, before she got her
shuttle bus to Ataturk airport and I got mine to Sabiha Gokcen airport.
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