Turkey d3 / Istanbul / checking locations ~

I needed a slow day today.

Slept nine hours, and my coughing has now virtually ceased. All I needed was rest.

Spent the morning checking locations – in particular at the Blue Mosque, one of the most famous Islamic mosques in the world.

Blue Mosque

Inside Blue Mosque

Changing lightbulb in Blue Mosque

Across from the Blue Mosque is the Hagia Sophia, one of the oldest religious structures in the world –

Hagia Sophia

Had lunch then with Zeyno and her business partner Fatih, and we discussed the coming days, and our trip to Konya at the end of the week. Here’s what we ate: Chicken, chicken, chicken, lamb, and bread.

Guess which is which…






The chicken was flamed grilled, and the bread was freshly baked from a clay oven under the restaurant. It had to be pierced with a knife to let the steam out. Delicious!

On Thursday night we’re to film some Whirling Dervishes, and on Friday I’m to interview a distant descendant of Rumi, the 14th century poetic and mystic. Friday as well we fly to Konya, which is regarded as the spiritual heart of Turkey.

This afternoon Jennifer and I went for a walk around the city, and I took some photos in the bazaars. Unfortunately I didn’t find the bazaar very interesting visually, but what caught my eye were some of the clothing models outside the stands and stores…



Models 3



Oh alright – here are a couple of boring bazaar shots…

Turkish Delight

Spice markets

Grand bazaar

Tomorrow we begin filming – looking forward to getting into it!

4 thoughts on “Turkey d3 / Istanbul / checking locations ~

  1. Bill,
    I am exhausted just reading about all you do. You would win the prize for being able to fit the most into a day!
    Could you pass some of that food our way? The Turkish delight looks yummy!
    Glad you are feeling better!


    • haha – hey Lynda – well it all kind of caught up with me somewhere between Citta di Castella and Pietrulunga! But starting to get more rest now, and this cough is leaving me. The food in Turkey is spectacular. Have to stop eating though because I’m not walking up mountains each day anymore!!

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  2. Love you post
    Bill we will be in Istanbul in mid June. I did think the models a bit creepy. Glad you are feelin better. Safe travels and enjoy XC


    • Thanks CArol – lovely to hear from you! You and Ian have been having adventures too! Yes feeling much better now, and enjoying Istanbul. See you back in Mudgee. bb xx


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