So a few weeks ago I headed off on holiday! It was a last minute thing but I am so glad I got to go away, who knew job searching could be so tiring and repetitive and so depressing? We headed out from Marmaris in Turkey (which is where the first photo is from...not that it's a good one! Marmaris at night is so pretty, I just couldn't quite grasp it on a photo! It's not the first dodgy photo you'll see in this post...). We went past the Gallipoli monument on the way at sunset - I'd like to say it was nice but that feels like the wrong word for a monument to dead soldiers.
Our first stop was the Sultan Ahmed Mosque - or the Blue Mosque - which to be fair, was pretty impressive. I've never been inside a Mosque before so it was all quite interesting to see, and having to wear a head scarf and take my shoes off was also a new experience. The queue to get inside however, was not the greatest - it took over half an hour, but I'm just glad we got inside before prayers, because tourists aren't allowed inside when it's prayer time. The interior was just as pretty as the exterior - but again my photography 'skills' let me down.
After we'd been to the Blue Mosque we headed to the Hagia Sofia, which to be honest, was kind of only impressive from the outside. I wasn't too impressed with the inside, but it was covered in scaffolding because I'm not sure I can visit anything without there being a massive amount of scaffolding everywhere!
After that we headed to the underground Basillica Cisterns - the largest cistern out of the hundreds that are underneath Istanbul. I thought they were pretty creepy to be inside, and there were hundreds of fish chilling down there - massive ones. There were also two Medussa heads which were put on their sides so there were no 'ill effects' from looking at them the right way around. The cisterns were also used in a James Bond film at some point.
That's all we had time for in Istanbul - I wish I'd had time to see the Grand Bazaar and to walk across the bridge from Europe to Asia but alas, maybe next time, I definitely want to go back some day. Istanbul really changed my opinion of Turkey, the last place I went seemed to full of dodgy carpet shops, but Istanbul was really nice and there was so much to see. They lost the Olympics bid a few days later and I felt incredibly sorry for them!