I got up at 7 AM on Friday, by far the earliest during our entire trip!
But I took the opportunity to go up on the terrace and hve a look at the view. It was the day after the rain and some clouds were still hanging around.
But of course they looked a bit different now and I might also add that the temperature had dropped about 12 degrees!
First stop, the metro bridge over the Golden Horn.
We were informed that it was closed for redecoration.
But when one of us said that she had to pee urgently the guard took us through half of the museum.
So we basically had a free museum entrance, even if just for a short time. He also let us look at everything on the way out. I will definitely be backto see the full exhibition.
Taking pictures was not allowed but I figured the ceiling in the ladies room would be OK.
One of several shops for dance costumes.
Here we bumped into Sidney, the embodiment of an enthusiastic American woman. She lives here and owns one of the rooms in the han which she rents out to nargile makers. She was really nice and very excited to learn that we are bunch of belly dancers.
My phone died on the way over the bridge, but you can refer to my post from Monday for sunset impressions.
A little chat before going out at night. There are some parrots in the hotel lobby, and this one has an especially large repertoire of words and noises. He also does a good cat impression.
A meyhane is a place with loads of yummy Turkish food and live music. Since it's mostly catering to a Turkish audience there were quite a lot of people, contrary to the mostly touristy places.
The band was excellent, with four main musicians and two additional ones who also were lead singers from time to time.
The atmosphere was wonderful and we had a great time.
From time to time the people got up to dance, either hopping around or walzing in couples.