Monday, July 26, 2010

Istanbul July 28

I arrived in Istanbul at 4:30 this morning. A driver from Hotel Sphendon came to pick me up at the airport, and we drove in the cool blue light of the pre dawn, with a full moon. Driving into the city, the mosques all have their spirals touching the sky, and the full moon lit up history as we drove into the city. The bridge across the Bosporus Sea framed the exotic city scape in water, and eveything in the early light was clean and filled with expectations and excitement.

The days are punctuated with singing from the Blue Mosque near our hotel, then reverberating through echoes of other mosques praying throughout Istanbul. Our breakfast is on a beautiful garden, with a stone wall and vinca's and other flowers. A calico kitty gave us company and purred to our pets. There are many cats in the city, many pretty skinny. One tiny kitten looked at us but its little body seemed crumpled, not long for life, suffering. Poor little thing.

Right now it is a great thunder and lightening storm. Rain sprinkles on our window. We walked along the Bosphorus until the rain storm drove us into a restaurant for a delicious dinner of kebab and vegies. Tomorrow we will be tourists.

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