Aish (yay, travel companion! no more selfies to bother you with) and I met with the rest of the guys on the tour. So, someone mentioned that Istanbul reminded him of Mexico because he was the only white guy walking around the city and everyone else was Turkish. I had to excuse myself before I offend any dear souls.
Started the day as early as 8.30 (holy mother, I hadn’t had to wake up that early for ages!) for the Old City tour. The weather right now is a little bit colder than I have anticipated. I boldly told Aish that she had nothing to worry because it’s probably gonna be about 15-18 deg cels… until the first gush of wind hit our faces numb and the guide told us that it might snow. You could imagine how much Aish wanted to kill me.
The first stop was Topkapi Palace followed by, Hagia Sophia then, Blue Mosque (or, locally known as Sultan Ahmed Mosque) and lastly, the Underground. The guide, Kemel (I hope I got his name right) did a great job explaining about the history of Istanbul (frankly, it was a quite a bit to take in but, informative and interesting nonetheless). Hagia Sophia reminded me quite a bit of the cathedrals/mosques in Spain (I left my heart in Spain).
The Blue Mosque has the most delicate architectural designs I’ve ever seen. You can see it from the islamic inscriptions written all over the mosque to the blue tinted ceramic tiles decorated with fine-lined flowers on the walls of the mosque. And of course, the 5m diameter columns that were made of marble- holy___!