One area which I had touched briefly on previous trips but never really explored is Balat by the Golden Horn. Time to change this! I started my tour on its outer boarder, by the old city wall.
There's also a little old cemetery.
On the terrace are some little fake village houses, closed now of course.
And just five minutes later, everything was back to normal - it was like a small super-muslim bubble...
Down the street again. Good walking shoes are a must!
also stopped at a restaurant and ate a chicken soup to get some energy back and to beat my bad combination of a headache (because I didn't drink enough during the day) and exhaution.
I remembered how on a previous solo trip to Istanbul I not only had brought books with me but actually read them!
Clearly I have to get back to allowing more time for my body to rest. That's one advantage of coming here in November: it gets dark early, so I am less tempted to walk for even longer than I already do!
So back home and straight to bed I went.
When I woke up about 2 hours later I already felt better and slowly started getting ready for the evening. Together with Mustafa, the Turkish tanguero who lives in Switzerland, I went out for dinner. It's always nice to have company during the meals.
Then we took a cab to Besiktas and after some wandering around found Milongahane, quite a big place and by now (after 11 PM) very crowded! It's a great milonga, I will be back!