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Goof old night time photography with the tripod. Lovely sunset behind the Blue Mosque.
And here's the same view a short while later once the sun had disappeared.
Then, turning through a 180 degrees we have the Hagia Sofia.
Finally, just around the corner is the site of the Hippodrome:
This subterranean structure was commissioned by Emperor Justinian and built in 532. The largest surviving Byzantine cistern in İstanbul, it was constructed using 336 columns, many of which were salvaged from ruined temples and feature fine carved capitals. Its symmetry and sheer grandeur of conception are quite breathtaking, and its cavernous depths make a great retreat on summer days.
We arrived in Istanbul stupidly early and for once the airport was efficient. Typical! The one time we were not in any kind of a hurry! However, the journey was painless, deserted roads and a rising sun. The hotel was excellent, they knew we were coming early and had a room ready for us…. It was 5:30 in the morning. So a quick kip and ‘would you like breakfast Sir?’ Certainly would! Came the reply. And very nice it was too. Fresh fruit, cheese, meats, bread, cake and proper coffee.
Thus suitably fortified and fuelled we set out for a still early start around Istanbul. A gentle wander around the outside of the sites seemed the order of the day. Decided to give the palace a miss as, despite there being no crowds we weren't sure how long our stamina would last and it’s supposed to be a long time going around. This turned out to be a bit of mistake as the decision was taken to postpone that wonder until our last day… Tuesday. When we turned up early Tuesday… ‘Sorry sir, closed Tuesday!’ Oh well, next time.
After a quick apple tea to fortify us, we headed along with the rest of the multitudes to the Aya Sophia.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.