We tried our best to be good pilgrims, and then, leave everything to Allah.
|Khat, at al Ansari Mosque, Istanbul|
|One of my favourite things: the fountain. Outside of al Ansari.|
|Some tiles fom long ago at the mosque|
In fact, I love Istanbul (and its food) very much that I suggested for us to migrate there, but AHS was more realistic about it.
|The fare at Simit Sariye|
|AHS, taking wuduk at The Blue Mosque|
|Tombstones, Sulaiman Mosque grounds|
|The ubiquitous Turkish sweets: delightful|
|The Whirling Dervishes: Amazing|
|The Aquaduct of ancient times|
|Wonderful street music in Taksim|
Of course we did the touristy thing of visiting the Hagia Sophia which is breathtaking, and the beautiful and huge grounds of the Topkapi Palace, its kitchen ten times the size of my house. They are situated next to each other and in the vicinity the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (The Blue Mosque). We enjoyed the lunches we had at Bukhary restaurant, in the Sultan Ahmet area and the divine dinners at our hotel in Lalile.
My only tiny regret is not buying the beautiful ceramic pieces from Koppadokya. They are made by hand and the designs are intricate and fine; much different from the blue ceramics in the bazaars. In retrospect, however, they are just things, and I cherish the memory of being with AHS more. We also had a long way to go because after that we headed off to Damascus, Syria.
|Must try: Syrian ice cream|
|Outside a Palace's grounds|
Here ends this sharing bit. I've enjoyed putting this together, which has taken me close to three weeks!