Travelled: The Hymer has continued resting under a tree, while we do the leg work.
Stay: Unchanged from part 1.
Another noisy night in the car park but we get a fairly good sleep all the same. The call to prayer at just after 5.15 am has us awake. As we are so close to the Sultanahmet we seem to feel it as well as hear it. After a couple of very busy days in mosques and museum we decide to take a cruise on the Bosphorus on day 3. This means a tram or a light rail if your a Sydneysider. We have met a couple of like minded New Zealanders parked across from us and we have organised a drink for tonight.
Our 4th day in Istanbul starts with another walk up the hill to the Topkapi Palace. Of the four major structures of the Sultanahmet district the Topkapi Palace is the most expansive. Built in 1453 it was the home of the Otterman rulers until the new palace on the Bosphorus was constructed in the 19th century.
After a little rest we decide to visit the Kariye Museum (Chora Church) in the late afternoon. It’s a bit of a treck however. Tram to Eminonu, then a bus to the Kariye District. The tram was easy as we catch them everywhere in the Old City, but the buses are more of a challenge. Eminonu bus interchange was a very difficult until we found a supervisor who marched us passed 20-30 other busses and introduced us to the driver, “he will get you there” we are told and off we went.
Our 5th day in Istanbul and our last this trip. Between the dogs barking and someone playing their stereo at 3am, followed by the call to prayer at 5.15am, we decide to sleep somewhere else tonight. Wanting to make the most of it we head for the Grand Bazaar at 8.30am.
If you’ve read this far, good on you. The Hymer packed and where off in the afternoon traffic across the Bosphorus into Asia, to spend a few days on the Black Sea coast.