13.08.2011 - 13.08.2011 30 °C
Slept in, late breakfast, then back to the streets. We went looking for a boot maker to sew up a hole in Phil's shoe. Three Turkish men gave us directions and then decided to walk with us to show us the way. The cobbler was a Gary McKay "look alike", sitting on a stool in the street and sewed up Phil's shoe. He didn't want any money but we paid him anyway.
We then went back to one of our "guides" optometrist's shop and had chi. He gave Phil a new cord for his glasses. We went back to the covered bazaar looking for shorts for Phil - none anywhere but he did buy four shirts. Jumped the queue because we were "seniors" and visited the St Sophia Mosque. It was very impressive and huge.
Back to the hotel to change as were were attending a whirling dervish performance. It only goes for one hour and that's about all you need. It is very mesmerizing. Phil went to sleep. The music is very droning and boring and the whirling dervishes are fascinating but it is very hard to stay awake, after a very busy day. NO photographs and NO applause or noise. Back to the hotel and had a snack on the terrace overlooking the lights of Istanbul. Just lovely. It is Ramadam at the moment and the minute the sun sets, the city comes to life with lights and noise.