Istanbul, Turkey

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Having saying our goodbye to the proprietor and staff in the hotel where we are staying and they arrange for a car to pick us up to the airport for our flight to Istanbul.

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Booked our hotel at the old city in Istanbul, without knowing that we have to take a tram from the airport and take a boat cruise to the old city of Istanbul.

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Istanbul is a city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. The Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring dome and Christian mosaics.

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Our hotel is about 2 km away from the city center,  after checking into our room, we take a break to chill out before venturing into the city for our dinner.

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Walking into the city in the late afternoon, all the tourists attractions were closed for the day. In the center of the Sultanahmet district, there are lot of locals taking up spaces on the tables and benches and some even spread mat on the grasses and waiting for the call from the Mosque  for their feasting time during sunset.

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The  30 days is Islamic holy month of Ramazan, called Ramadan in other countries, is a time of fasting, prayer and celebration.

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Ramazan is also a time of celebration, and after sunset the feasting begins with a ceremonial “break-fast” light meal call Iftar.

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It always includes freshly baked flat pide bread, and usually soup, pickled vegetables, olives and other easily prepare edibles. Elaborate dinners are held later in the evening.

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Strings of colored lights festoon trees and buildings, mosques are illuminated and crowded with worshipers. We kinda enjoying ourselves walking around the old city center and lot of shops and restaurants were busy with tourists enjoying their shopping and evening meals.

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