Saturday, February 21, 2009

Day 5 - Farewell to Istanbul

Final morning at the Archaeological Museum with its famous collection of sarcophagi and excellent section on the history of Istanbul. They have a section of the Byzantine chain used to block off the Golden Horn and deal with the many churches one by one. Outside they have three gigantic porphyry sarcophagi that would have pride of lace in any other museum, but here are simply dumped in the garden. Then tram and funicular to Taksim Sqaure and off to airport. Public transport in this town is cheap and super-efficient - trams, buses, funicular and boats all connect and form one huge efficient web of connections. We tried them all. Final act was a glass of freshly squeezed pomegranate juice and a sesame bread ring - Istanbul's excellent fast food.