So for Day 3 of DaFest da Boss I decided I should go shopping. Not to buy anything of significance, just to enjoy a good browse mid-week. Fear not though Fest sticklers Da Boss still had an important role to play for I had to cross over her in order to get to the shops and cross back to get to more :-) and on each crossing I made sure I cooed and clucked with endless verve. I started my day by going over to Yeni Kapi which meant I had to take the relatively new metro line which crosses over Da Boss at a stop called Halic (Golden Horn). I absolutely love this ride because one minute you are in a dark, airless tunnel and the next minute the metro bursts into the sun and onto a bridge which gives a glorious view out to both sides of our Lady Straits.
Lunch plans thwarted (but with good cheer) I headed over to Sultanahmet because I wanted to begin the rest of my day with a couple of eye-gulps of the Aya Sofia and The Blue Mosque. It is amazing how rarely I visit these two great laydees while living here but every time I see them I find them as beguiling and mysterious as ever. Especially the Aya which reminds me of a set from StarWars. Then again, everything can remind me of StarWars if I let it. (Example: upside down dustbin = R2D2; Three-Paw's midnight bull-roar purr = Darth Vader breathing; me in a bikini pre-wax = Wookie.)
There was a little market running near the Blue Mosque which had the usual trinkets in it but they were also selling Kanlica yogurt which I have heard is the best yogurt in the world so I bought a small tub and sat under a tree to enjoy it. Num Num.
Time to go home.!!
But not without crossing the Galata Bridge.
Fishermen out. Birds a flutter.
And a final browse down Istiklal Street.
I mean look at the view from this clothing shop window. Da Boss - she be everywhere.