We traveled from Egypt via Istanbul. We arrived early afternoon and left the next early morning. We were a little on the exhausted side.  .and with jet lag, my eyes had stopped focusing.  What a disappointment to be in a city like Istanbul for the first time ever  . . and no energy to explore! We enjoyed our walk to our hotel though. . . past hundreds and hundreds of beautiful gardens of tulips, past all the tourists outside enjoying the warm spring weather on the long Easter weekend.
 We walked past the Hagia Sophia. When the hard-core explorers of us went back to explore, it was shut for the day. So blog-readers, you will have to hang tight till late Sept. when we will have a week in the city to enjoy all the sights and tastes!