after a full 24 hours of transcontinental air travel, fox decided to make himself comfortable by stripping down to the huggies and going straight for matt's speedo (which matt uses strictly for swimming laps, i assure you).
the hagia sophia, completed in 537 AD, has been a basilica, a mosque, and now a museum. it was quite possibly my favorite part of the trip. here's a peek inside...
muslims believe that in mosques it is sinful to display images of people, so when the hagia sofia was transformed into a mosque in the 15th century, all the original christian mosaics in the basilica were plastered over, and these gigantic shields, displaying names of islamic prophets, were hung.
some of the recovered mosaics... beautiful. the mosaic tiles were interspersed with jewels to give the mosaic images movement.
spice market. my nostrils tickle just thinking about it. turkish saffron, garam masala and a kebab spice were purchased.
fox, learning to nap in a backpack. he mastered this art by day two.
and turks sort of loved fox...
restauranteur turk and stray turk.