EUROPE IS SO EXPENSIVE!!! Any donations would be gratefully received – send them to my poste restante in London – behind the hot water pipes, 3rd washroom along, Victoria Statıon.
I started by going to the Spice Market.
Some places were selling lanterns. At first glance I thought they would look nice on the Christmas tree but up close they looked a bit tacky. Instead I went through all the turkish delight stalls tasting free samples. It’s much nicer here – sweetened with honey rather than sugar. I wanted to try a biscuit but everything is so expensive here I thought I couldn’t afford it – but one man gave me one for nothing. Makes a nice change from all the Asian swindling.
The rest of the market had more conventional things – clothes, cellphones, kitchen supplies, charcoal barbequeues. I headed towards the Grand Bazaar but it was shut. The Hagia Sophia had a long queue so I went to the Archaeology Museum (TL10). It’s BIG. One building was just for Sumerians, Assyrians and Hittites.
The next building had a lotof Hellenistic sculpture.
As a reference, this is what I actually look like when teaching:
Unless it’s Loud Blouse Day, in which case I look like this:
Back to the museum. They had a large section about Troy from Neolithic times onward, but it was quite dry- just a load of old pots on dısplay. There were also sections about Palestine, Syria and more recent Turkey.
There was more about the Romans but photos weren’t allowed. Next was a large sectıon of sarcophagi.
After this I had a fırst-class pide kebab for TL2 then went up to Topkapi Palace (TL20). The entry queue moved very slowly – I don’t know why, because they were only selling tickets.
Inside they have a lot of sections you can’t photograph – lıke the medal collection, the 86 carat dıamond, the Faberge thing, the 2m long Hungarian swords – all the good stuff. So here are the dregs:
From here I went back to the hostel to find that my ‘female only’ dorm had a man in it. They are unclear on the concept, obviously. I went for a run. Families were all on the grassed areas on the waterfront, making dinner on small charcoal barbequeues. What a pleasant way to spend an evening.