This morning, we flew from Kayseri back to Istanbul and felt ourselves shift into the final leg of our trip. By early afternoon, we’d checked into our hotel. After a few minutes of gathering our wits and brushing our hairs, we headed out to visit a particularly wonderful little place called the Chora Church/Kariye Kilise (Byron and I had been there before but wanted to drag these lady particular pals through it, too). Then we returned to the Spice Market to find sumac, soap, and sweatshirts. That chaotic craziness was followed by dinner and an evening walk across The Golden Horn.
The day in review, in pictures:
In case you’re tired of static images, perhaps I can intrigue you anew by tossing out a couple quick (and jerky!) videos shot inside the Chora; the battery in the camera was dying, so they’re definitely quick and off-the-cuff:
Tomorrow morning, we take the ferry from the European side of the city to the Asian side. Then we hop the Metro to our friend Elaine’s neighborhood. She’s having us over for brunch and some hang out time with the kids. Mostly, I’m excited to have a few more hours with someone dear and to see an area of Istanbul that’s not Tourist Central. I’m also excited because Elaine has a three-year-old who’s learning to blow his own nose.
I believe that I would find a towel or a sheet and figure out a way to cover that bizarre woman looking over the bed and back. Yikes! I am interested in hearing about the differences between the two sides of the city. I had a friend who stayed in Istanbul for quite a while who told me about that, and it sounded almost like two cities….say Mpls/St. Paul, Duluth/Superior, or Fargo/Moorhead.
That bed would freak me out–between the close walls and the picture.
Who’s the hot artist? My husband would be the guy checking his phone, waiting for me to be done looking around so we could get moving. *sigh*
i am curious about the history of chora church. you said it was first a greek church and later a mosque. did it at some point revert to being a church and THEN the mosiacs were added or were they original to the structure. i only ask because of the islamic proscription on human images inside a mosque and to think the mosaics of christ were preserved while it was a mosque is intriguing to me.
Okay. That person and its reflection watching while I sleep? Nope. Can’t do it. Would find a sheet or towel to cover it somehow. However – must have evil-eye jangly things! Would make excellent earrings!