19 Jun 2011

DAY 4 IN ISTANBUL

For the first time in my life I took a tram with aircondition ! I have to send our minister of public transports to Istanbul to learn how a modern tram should look like ! Clean, elegant and cool !!

We had 3 stops to do and while we were in the tram we met a very English looking gentleman who turned out to be an American from Missouri and who had lived for 15 years in Brussels and most of the time in Waterloo ! When he retired he went back to the States. Isn't the world small ??

Today we wanted to take the sightseeing bus to make a tour around whole Istanbul, so that we would have an overlook to where we want to go back and have a closer look.



Apparently the sun starts burning my brain because I forgot to take a picture of our red colored Sightseeing bus ! We took it at the very touristic place in front of the ancient Mosque Haya Sofia.



I thought this vehicle would also be a very good idea for our policemen in Belgium ! They could run faster behind a criminal !



We crossed the very long first bridge connecting Europe with Asia. It was so funny to see all along the bridge fishermen side by side trying to get a fish !



Some Graffiti expert had an excellent idea ! "Building Bridges between the Cultures " !

On the Oriental side we saw very beautiful Victorian style buildings, the hotel which was for the Orient Express passengers where Agatha Christie used to stay and many embassies



Back to the Occident we drove along the 22 km (14 mi) city wall built by the Romans.



It was really impressive to see how long it was and how well it was conserved



It was very interesting and at least now we know where we want to go back. There is so much to see !



We were too tired in the evening to go out and look for a restaurant so we ate on the roof again, I had a very tasty trout and Dominique lamb chops.

13 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

What a delightful holiday you and Dominique are having. I'm so happy for you.
Luv — K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Preobrazhenskii said...

Delightful photo's and a great mode of transport the scooter, that would be ideal for me and my dog.

Turkey is a beautiful country and your amazing photo's are an education to us all.

Whisppy said...

Istanbul looks like a very interesting place to visit. Is the weather very hot?

Maribeth said...

Oh what a great day the two of you had! I can see how much you are enjoying yourselves.
Turkey and Greece are great places to get lamb meals as both do them very nicely!

Lifecruiser Travel Blog said...

Busy packing for 7 weeks at our summer island, but I just had to keep an eye on your Istanbul trip-posts too! sounds and looks like you're having a great time there, despite the "accident" with your purse in the beginning! Lots of things to see obviously, I love those ancient buildings!!!! No need to say: enjoy - because I KNOW you are :-)))

Mara said...

Can I come out and join you? The weather over here (and in Belgium as well) is atrocious: wind, rain, cold.

Great looking photos and it sounds like you are having a great time.

Jenny said...

You are having such an amazing trip. I love the way you travel...I think you'd be the best travelling companion ever!

Thanks for letting us tag along. One of our daughters has a Turkish boyfriend and is always telling us we need to visit his country!

I will have to send this link to him to enjoy!

Thank you.

A+

Vicki aka Jake said...

I love this post! Someday I'll be able to travel also...my life dream.
Thanks for showing me what I'm afraid I won't see otherwise :)

jabblog said...

What an interesting post about a fascinating place. I'd never have thought a bridge could join Europe and Asia.

Loree said...

How wonderful you make it sound. So glad you are having such a wonderful time.

A Lady's Life said...

Well I see you love trout lol well Turkey also is supposed to have excellent ice cream. Now you have to tell me if its true lol
The roman wall is indeed something worth seeing and probably has so many stories written about it.
Thanks for a lovely visit.:)

Auntie E said...

Love the photos sound like you are having fun. Those Segways(the police vehicle) are very popular hear in the States.

Cezar and Léia said...

You and Dominique are so beautiful!Lovely GIRLS!
Oh I'm so happy that you are enjoying this wonderful place.
Thanks for sharing these pictures!
Léia