Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Istanbul, city of 14-16 million people in both Asia and Europe

Istanbul was/is an amazing city, it sits as a link to Asia and Europe divided by the Bosphorous Strait which was filled with enormous tanker ships. I was really struck by all the historic and ancient sites...we're talking thousands of year old. There were lots of tourists from far away places Brazil, Italy, Hawaii....yes, I met all of them on the tour bus (it was the easiest way to maximize my time and money there).

My first stop was the Obelisk and Hippodrome area, where horse races where held 3600 years ago. Though the actual Hippodrome sitting area was destroyed in an earthquake in the 1400's you can still image the oval track, the people cheering and the sound of the hoof beats...

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