Istanbul, Turkey. Wow! What an interesting city, with such old
buildings and history. Istanbul has over 15 million people and 5,000
mosques. Istanbul is the only city in the world that is in both
Europe and Asia. We were only on the European side.
saw a obelisk that is 3,507 years old. Think of all the wars it has
survived. This obelisk is part of a set of three obelisks that were
in the Hippodrome where chariots raced.
also saw the largest(?) building in Istanbul, built in 532AD. This
is the third assembly of this building that was destroyed in two
wars prior to 532AD.
253 is a large mosque.
321 is Mary with a turquoise stone necklace that the jewelry store
bought for $15,000 and wouldn’t sell. Shucks, that’s the one we
350 is us in Istanbul, Turkey, with both Europe and Asia in the
blue mosque was built in the 17th century. It is
beautiful, with its six minarets.
we were in Istanbul, at the restaurant in the palace, there were
numerous people on HAL (Holland America Line) tours, that needed to
use the toilets. The women's line was much longer than the men's
line, so a female employee stood in the arch (there was no door) of
the men's small restroom. As one of the two stalls became available,
she told one of the women in line that they could use the men's
room. So, there were women frequently coming and going from the
stalls, and washing their hands, while men were using the urinals.