The plan was to go to the Grand Bazaar, but when we got there we found it was shut on a Sunday. We walked around the quiet back streets and even got accosted by a shoe shine man, but only Uschi had shoes which would take a polish. We spent some time in the square where Constantines Column is and watched a man feed the pigeons with quite a large bag of wheat. We strolled back towards the Hippodrome Square and took a little stop at the German Fountain in Mehmet Akif Ersoy Park.
Just off the Hippodrome, we found the museum of Islamic art which was really a find. We stopped and had lunch in the museum cafe there as well. After three hours we left for the blue mosque. We couldn’t get in straight away as we had to wait for a non prayer time, but when we did get in we were able to walk around bare foot inside the cool mosque for the best part of an hour.