|One of many cobbled streets that make up the Grand Bazaar.|
As has been my routine the last couple days, I took the tram from Beyazit to Kabatas and then a taxi to Besiktas and the Renaissance Hotel. Today it was a little smoother than normal and for no particular reason. I jumped on the tram, got off at Kabatas, jumped into a cab, showed him the address of the hotel and off we went; I was there on time and enjoyed my last day at the conference, which finished at 1530hrs.
|The Grand Bazaar – honestly, it's amazing...|
|Another scene from Istanbul's Grand Bazaar...|
|Child mannequins – slightly spooky.|
Once off the tram I headed for the Grand Bazaar and was bowled over by its size and the fact that it was literally an Aladdin's Cave of all sorts of things: carpets, lamps, trinkets, lanterns, mirrors, boxes, everything and very colourful (see photos for proof).
|The President Hotel's 'seasonal fruits' – seriously tasty, trust me...|
|The further away from Besiktas, the better the scenery. This was near Kabatas.|
|Down by the water's edge – the Bosphorous near Kabatas.|
|Back in Beyazit and close to the Grand Bazaar|
I sat there gazing out over the twinkling lights of night-time Istanbul, watching the headlights of cars weaving their way here and there. Things had worked out fine, but only just and I did feel a tad guilty about 'pulling up a chair' and enjoying what amounted to another meal, although I was still starving hungry, thanks to that long walk earlier.
Tomorrow a late start and then departure – at 1330hrs – for the airport and a flight back to London Heathrow. I'm desperate to get home. It's fine being here and I'm glad I've paid a visit to this fantastic city, but there's no place like home and my work here is done. I'll nip out tomorrow morning to explore a bit more and, hopefully, find a decent 'caff' for my other blog about teashops and caffs (click here for a direct link).