We had been lucky to experience warm and sunny days so far. Monday was no exception - in fact, when we went on our way to the Grand Bazaar it was already pretty hot!
It's always worth it to,get out of the metro on the bridge over the Golden Horn for a few minutes to enjoy the view.
First: Pestemal - Turkish hamam towels. I moved into a new apartment recently and needed towels in turquoise. Oli wanted some with a green pattern. And while we are at it, why not also get a bathrobe?
All that shopping makes you hungry! But there are many restaurants in the bazaar to feed you.
Just as we were done eating, we were joined by Defne, a fellow dancer from Holland who lives here. We had teamwd up last November for an excursion and now she joined us for a little bazaar excursion.
Starting with this picturesque court, Zincirli Han.
It was quite a view over the bazaar's rooftops.
Since it was a day for chatting, that's what we did for a while.
There's a little old man who collects a lora per person to let you up the roof.
It's another #IstanbulByInstagram experience and it's awesome!
You can walk all over the roofs.
Defne prefers posing over jumping.
Later in the evening we had a quick dinner and then headed for the milonga at the Armada hotel.
Seems like no trip to Istanbul is complete without a shady taxi driver trying to scam you. We found such an individual that night. The usual: not starting the taxameter, then quoting a fantasy price, etc. he even cheated Oli with the change.
But I still have to say that most of them are honest.