Another warm and sunny day on Wednesday - perfect for a little trip to Üsküdar!
The ferry rides over the Bosphorus are aways part of the fun.
Passing by Dolmabahce Saray.
Kind of reliefed to see its rear end as it continued towards the Black Sea.
But just as I had covered myself up to enter, the call to prayer started. So I waited outside.
The place is so big that it even has numbered streets and alleys, and cars are driving through it.
Now this is a completely different experience from visiting a busy place like the Blue Mosque. This one is definitely not a tourist attraction, people actually come here to pray.
It was extremely quiet and I didn't feel comfortable taking a lot of pictures, so I just sat and looked around for a while.
All the mosques on my list are within walking distance, so I soon arrived at the second one, the Valide Atik. But before entering I honored my stomach. I tend to walk for hours and not eat enough, but today I made a real lunch break in a small restaurant and had a big portion of Iskender kebap.
So many beautiful details!
360 degrees view - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA
And I played around with it a bit...
And the lady who worked on me did a good job of peeling me without making me feel as if I was getting skinned alive.
One thing I noticed over the 19 years that I have been coming to Istanbul is a slight change in hammam culture. In earlier years, all the visitors got completely naked. Now you have more of them wearing panties. But I still prefer to take off everything!
This is a real neighborhood hammam which you could tell by the fact that there was a full family - mother, grandmother and three young girls - which I had not seen on my other visits to the hammam.
It was only after 3 PM when I left, enough time to take a ride to Kadiköy and visit the tango shoe shop there! I had forgotten the street number but vaguely remembered where it was on the map and the name of the bus stop. Actually I found it after just a two minutes walk.
It's called Tanguera and owned by a woman who used to live in Frankfurt, so we had a little chat in German. They have nice shoes but not the color I was looking for.
Sharp new cut and a manicure. Thanks for the unflattering light...
Some dinner and rest later I was ready to hit the dance floor.
When I got to the milonga at 10 PM it was nearly empty - I thought I was in the wrong place. But by 11 PM it had filled up nicely. Makes you wonder if all those people don't work in the morning!