Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sara's Disappearance Part 3: Istanbul

Immediately following Camp GLOW, I hopped on a bus from Tetovo to Istanbul for my first out of country vacation. The bus was long (12 hours), but the time actually flew by quite quickly as I was so exhausted from two weeks of little sleep that I slept most of the way. Istanbul is a gorgeous place and 5 days wasn't nearly enough time there. I feel the best way to showcase the trip is through photos. Here are a select few- more are on Facebook.
Phil was a great bus buddy!
There was an ice cream man who liked to play tricks on his customers.
On our first day we stumbled across a big graffiti festival in Taksim Square.
Artists were hard at work creating their masterpieces.
The Topkapi Palace
Inside the Topkapi Palace
The circumcision room at the Topkapi Palace (it had nice decorations)
At the Topkapi Palace looking out over the city.
The Cisterns- the most beautiful part of Istanbul.
The pictures can't even begin to capture the beauty of this place.
Hagia Sophia
Inside the Hagia Sophia
Showing some St Peter Halloween Fun Run and Walk pride
Upper level of the Hagia Sophia
Blue Mosque
Inside the Blue Mosque
View of Istanbul from the ferry
Ferry ride over to the Asian side
We climbed up a big hill and had a gorgeous view of the city.
Like most things in this city, the photos can't quite capture how beautiful it really was.
Inside courtyard of another mosque
Inside a mosque
On our last full day we had drinks under the bridge, which gave us even more beautiful views.

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