Istanbul: Day One
We arrived a little after noon and since it was time to check in just yet we decided to take a stroll and eat a light lunch. We found Albura Kathisma. The complimentary balloon like bread with olives, a grilled cheese salad for me and a spinach crepe for M.
Then we continued our stroll headed towards the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia
Unfortunately, with the blessing of travel also comes the chance of becoming jaded.. and I am sad to say that we are jaded. Standing inside two of what are to be some of the most beautiful mosques in the world.. we looked at each other and thought.. hmm nice. Did You Know: The Blue Mosque was the inspiration for the building of Mohammad Ali's Mosque in Cairo. They were built by the same architect.
Next stop.. the Basilica Cistern
Followed by a dessert break.. how could we not? The beautiful and delicious, creamy white and green pistachio rice pudding.. We found this treat at the Hafiz Mustafa sweet shop on our way to the Grand Bazaar.
After perusing the many many pretty things.. we headed back towards the Blue Mosque area and slipped into one of the side streets for dinner. We ate at the Mozaik Restaurant.. a delectable lamb and vegetables cooked in parchment for me and a lamb and plum stew for M.
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