23 June 2009
For better or worse, I feel like Charlie may be the end of me on this trip. I’ve already been traveling pretty much non-stop for three weeks and now I’ve got an eager beaver who wants to see it all.
Today, we went to the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, the Old Bazaar, bought Turkish Delight ((which has led to a slew of rather off-color jokes)), walked across the Galata bridge, walked up to Galata Kulesi, and over to the KabataÅŸ ferry which took us to ÃœskÃ¼dar (on the Asian side of Istanbul).
We walked around ÃœskÃ¼dar for a while before returning to what we thought was EmÄ±nÃ¶nÃ¼”Ž (which would have been for a short walk back), but we ended up going to BeÅŸÄ±ktaÅŸ, which is further north (north being the wrong direction) of KabataÅŸ. The north end of the tram only runs to KabataÅŸ, so we had to hike it the 1.5 kilometers to the tram before we could relax in air-conditioned comfort. We later learned that today has been one of the hottest day day in Istanbul this year. Great.
We took a nap before venturing into the somewhat cooler evening to find some well deserved grub. A kebab house fit the bill pretty perfectly and all was good.