Orient Express, the short ride
19.02.2010 49 °F
A SUNNY day. Our first. Really nice to see the sparkling Bosphorus.
Did not go to the Princess Islands as originally planned. After reading some accounts of there and having ridden the boats repetitively yesterday in our Euro-Asia back and forth we decided to do something not involving boats.
So we went down to the Orient Express train station (sans gun per previous blog post) and bought our 1.5L ($1USD) token and took our short orient express several stops. The train ran along the sea below Topkapi palace and there were many remnants of the wall along the route. We went to a fortress that guarded the Marmara Sea end of the wall that stretched across the Golden Horn 1500 years ago. Not very touristy, but a nice site to behold.
Only 5L entrance and the freedom to climb up to the ramparts and walk along the battlements. Also to climb the stone steps into the tower. Good views all around, still sunny. Ships at anchor in the distance.
Otherwise in an old residential area. There was not even a restaurant. Best bet was to backtrack on the same train to our hotel area. Thus, we were back easily.
Then it was trip again through the spice marker.
The square outside the market facing the water was packed with people. The sun was still out and there were lots of photo ops.
We also ate some “wetburgers” today. They were not bad, a cross between a burger and barbeque on a regular bun. Ok, but not repeatable.
Tonight we are going to treat ourselves to a real sit down restaurant with a tablecloth. There is one just around the corner.
Here is a sunset over the city