|Of course we had to visit a carpet salesman. He started out at $4685. His last price was $3300 for two 6'x9' carpets delivered to my door in Santa Cruz. Tempting, but still out of my budget.
|The famous Blue Mosque was only a 5-minute walk from our hotel.
|This building called Aya Sofia was originally a church, then a mosque. Now it has been converted into a museum which celebrates both Islam and Christianity.
|It's important to have shoes that slip on and off in Turkey so you can visit the mosques more easily.
|The inside of a mausoleum next to Aya Sofia.
|Inside the mausoleum
|Ceiling of the mausoleum
|Tombs of men have write turbans. Females are unadorned.
|I bought some roasted chestnuts
|Michelle and I ate at a little cafeteria on the trolley line.
|The New Mosque was built in the late 1500s
|Turkish women use their headscarves to make fashion statements
|At every mosque there is an explanation for the tourists of proper attire to enter the temple.
|This tourist is properly covered.
|Time for the men to pray.
|Many young students of English work as volunteers and are easily spotted by their "Ask Me" t-shirts.
|Beautiful tea sets for sale in the bazar.
|I have no idea when they use these amazing dresses. The sign says Do Not Touch in Turkish, at least that's what we guessed.
|Michelle in the market
|Always a good idea to buy a long-sleeved cool blouse.
|Everybody was out shopping even though it was a weekday.
|The Grand Bazaar
|Michelle poses in front of the circumcision outfits
|Scarves for sale in the Grand Bazaar
|The Grand Bazaar
|Looks like recycling to me
|The food is amazing
|I wasn't really sure how to put on this one-piece robe and scarf, but I did finally figure it out. This isn't it.
|Michelle brought her own scarf.
|This is a big day for this boy: circumcision day
|Blue Mosque from another angle
|These explanations are very helpful.