2011/4  Safely back. Saw 50 riot police looking like Darth Vaders on the Galata Bridge, a frequent site for protests. They were too scary to even point my cell phone camera at them.

One of many, many mosques.

The beautiful Hagia Sophia. Or is the Blue Mosque? Either way, still stunning after centuries of weather, war and earthquakes. Built before the cathedrals of Europe. I wonder if the Crusaders brought back images to France and Germany?

Bazaar Porter - might be the best way to carry a heavy load?

Waterfront properties on the Bosphorous cost about 4 million Euros.