On Thursday it was time for some changes. First of all, I left my apartment and moved over to Büyük Londra hotel, my old favorite place to stay in Istanbul. As usual I got a warm welcome and a good upgrade for our rooms.
But I only stayed long enough to deposit my suitcase and was back on my way again.
As my plans for a Sunday walk in Kadiköy and Moda had been ruined by heavy rain, I now profited from the better weather. So down to Karaköy and on the ferry I went!
View from my seat by the window.
Here they are!
Back at the hotel I went up on the terrace to soak up the evening sun. Just half an hour later, my little shopping group arrived, three highly motivated women who had booked my tour and were determined to have a great time in Istanbul, no matter what!
I figured that a drink on the terrace was just the way to introduce them to the city. Who could resist this view?
Then I took them down to Istiklal Caddesi for a first look at the shops - and the street musicians.
We walked all the way up to Taksim square and back - by then we had worked up quite an appetite and went for dinner at Ficcin restaurant where the food was great as always.
With our newfound energy the ladies were ready to start shopping, and that's what we did until 10 PM when the shops closed.