I could have just taken the tram to the bazaar - but walking is much more interesting!
Just take a little turn away from the main road.
Then I walked on to Sultanahmet, finding another shop gone...
People had complained about slow business for dance costumes when I was here in April, so it didn't really come as a surprise.
Moving on to Aksaray however I found two shops that were apparently doing well, thanks mostly to Japanese and other Asian customers.
The Gök brothers had started their business together but have since seprated and have each a shop in the same building. They do really great work!
I brought my stuff home and changed my clothes because I had gotten really sweaty. It's definitely very warm for the season. Over 20 degrees celsius!
Then I got on the metro to 4. Levent in the north of Istanbul. Right on top of the metro station is Sapphire tower, Turkey's highest building. It has a terrace on the 54th floor from which you have a great view all over Istanbul. The fun thing is that the city looks different depending on which side you are looking at.
Ever growing north Istanbul and the third Bosphorus bridge in the background.
Right under the tower
Here's a cool short video of the traffic:
And the moon coming out
It was about 5:30 PM and I decided to go home and get some rest.
After all I needed to be fresh for tango at night!
The monday milonga at the Armada hotel is a classic. I have been going there ever since I practically started to dance tango 12 years ago. It's an elegant place with a nice marble floor.