I left Europe on the 26th of September and yesterday I set foot on her again after 51 days. Ali, my guide for the day, and I took a ferry from the Asian side to the european side.
First stop was the New Mosque wich by surprice I was allowed to enter.
The mozaiques and details are beautiful and it wasa nice place to be in. I have no clue as what those signs in Arabic mean, Mohamed can you help me out here?
Then we went to the spice bazar and the grand bazar.
It was still very early and somewhat quieter then normal I imagine.
We then moved on to the Blue Mosque:
Due to the crouds I did not stay so long it is a beutiful building though.
This sign was inside and made me feel a bit weird:
I do not want to offend anybody I would have taken the same picture if it would have been in the Notre Dame de Paris. But I think it would take a bit more then lets say 20 to 30 minutes to understand any religion, right? It made me feel as if any religion could be understood with just a few minutes with a specialist. If that is true then why are we fighting so much about it. Within each religion, against an other or what ever.
After that we went to the Aya Sofya.
Some Christian leftovers:
Then we went to the Topkapi Palace Museum. You are not allowed to take pictures in a lot of the rooms but they have some nice stuff on display there.
Then we went underground to this weird place where if understood correctly they kept water.
There are two shorter pillars that have a big square piece of rock underneath it with the head of Medusa carved in it. The weird thing is one is upside down and the other on its side. It is believed that this is done on purpose as the rock they are carved in is not from around Istanbul.
We went back to the Asian side and got my bike and got it washed. It deserved the extra care.
I contacted Ben but unfortunately he had no time to meet up again. I wish him all the best and a safe trip back to Australia.
Today I got to ride a big BMW R1200RT back to the BMW dealer here in Istanbul. They needed an extra driver. Al went fine but I was a bit worried though as motorcycles are pretty expensive here. The rest of the day has been uneventful the only other thing I did was clean the airfilter. That was a bit overdue and was indeed necessary. I will stay another day in Istanbul and then leave for Greece on Sunday.