Saturday, October 13, 2012
Travel Post #5: Exotic Istanbul (Part II)
We were up bright and early on Thursday, ready to explore Istanbul on foot. First stop was the Blue Mosque (actually the Sultanahmet Mosque).
Next stop, the Topkapi Palace. My favorite part was visiting the Harem.
After lunch at an Ottoman Hotel, we were off to the Hagia Sophia (Saint Sophia).
We were invited to watch a Turkish carpet demonstration, where this woman was working on a 2x3 silk rug, tying 250-300 knots per square inch. The woman working on the rug works on it for 15 minutes then must rest for 45 minutes due to the strength of the silk (and the damage it can do to her fingers), which means it will take her approximately nine months to complete this rug.
We completed our day in Istanbul at the Grand Bazaar where you could buy everything from souvenirs, saffron, or MAC eyeshadow!
Istanbul is exotic, exciting, and beautiful. A few parting shots.