Expedition Team: Jacque Kelly, Dave Miller Expedition Date: April 2018
At our Bed & Breakfast located only four blocks from the Blue Mosque, we ate an incredible breakfast (Pages #5-#7) of very healthy fruits and vegetables. We then visited the Basilica Cistern 532AD, an ancient underground water cistern with 336 columns. You could hear water running in the dark passages. One column was called “The Weeping Column” as water seeped from the top and ran down the pole (Photos #2 & #3). Two other columns had heads of “Medusa” carved into them (Photo #4). We visited an underground shop and I dressed up as a Turkish King with Jacque as a Princess (Photo #5).
Afterwards we walked through a park with a giant display of roses, flowers, food booths and ice cream that they swung in the air on a stick (Photo #10-#13). We then grabbed our suitcases and headed to the Istanbul airport. Along the way through the city we saw countless beautiful flower displays, large container ships on the Marmara Sea (Photo#14) and mosques everywhere. At the airport I had to laugh, Winston cigarettes had large letters “Smoking Kills” on their boxes (Photo#15) but sponsored the airports smoking lounge (Photo#16).