Q and A on Istanbul

Our trip to Turkey:

Reporter: I heard you went to Turkey. Where did you go?

Jacob: I went to Istanbul. It’s the only city that straddles two continents. Asia and Europe are the two continents. It’s divided by the Bosphorus River, you can go across a bridge to get the the other continent.

both sides

both sides

Asia side

Asia side

Reporter: Where did you go in Istanbul?

Emma: Our family went to the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, The Bosphorus River boat ride, two big markets named the Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian Bazaar and The Hop on Hop off tour bus.

Hagia Sofia

Hagia Sofia

Reporter: I heard the Hagia Sofia is a wonder of the world, is that the only reason you went there?

Jacob: No, we went there because it is truly amazing church and mosque. It was the biggest dome in the world. It had so many columns.

Reporter: About the Blue Mosque, I heard it’s not a wonder of the world but it’s almost as impressive as the Hagia Sofia, would you agree?

Emma: I thought that it was almost as impressive as the Hagia Sofia, but it is not as old so that makes it not as impressive. Another reason that it is more impressive is because the Hagia Sofia was one of the first buildings to be made using an arch supporting arch. The Blue Mosque was built much later. It looked much newer and had amazing colour.

Hagia Sofia  archway entrance to Dome.

Hagia Sofia archway entrance to Dome.

Blue Mosque on the inside.

Blue Mosque on the inside.

Reporter: Your sister had said that you went on a boat ride in the Bosphorus, what did you see while you were on the boat?

Jacob: I saw a lot of palaces along the river and some big long impressive bridges crossing the Bosphorus. I also found the scenery very enjoyable.

River in Istanbul. View from the boat we road on.

River in Istanbul. View from the boat we road on.

Reporter: What is the Hop on Hope off bus, did you find it interesting?

Emma: The Hop on Hop off bus is a tourist bus that goes around the city on a special route telling you about different things in the city. I learnt a lot about the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and the Bosphorus. The Hop on Hop off bus has a second story and every time we went on the bus I made sure I was on the top.

Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque

Hagia Sofia

Hagia Sofia

Reporter: In the markets you went to what was it like?

Jacob: The market that was my favourite was the Grand Bazaar. It was pretty cool with all the details on the roof and the small archways holding the roof up. The market was very colourful and had some beautiful smells that I have never smelled before. You can buy everything from food to soccer jerseys to spices in the market

Busy path in one of the Bazaars

Busy path in one of the Bazaars

Sweets in the bazaar.

Sweets in the bazaar.

One of the Grand Bazaar's many entrances

One of the Grand Bazaar’s many entrances

Reporter: While you were in Istanbul did you try any new foods?

Emma: Yes we tried a couple new foods. My personal favourite was Turkish Delight. Turkish Delight is a sweet that comes in all different shapes, sizes and flavours.

Reporter: What was your favourite part about Istanbul?

Jacob: My favourite part was the Hagia Sophia because it was amazing with all its art, huge domes and extravagant colours. I can’t believe it’s still standing even with all the supports.

hagia entrance

hagia entrance

Hagia sofia mosaic

Hagia sofia mosaic

Hagia Sofia marble wall

Hagia Sofia marble wall

Reporter: I heard that the worth of the Canadian dollar was dropping how does this effect your trip in Europe?

Emma: It makes it more expensive to travel. It effects our decisions because we just have to be a bit more careful on food and accommodation. We also have to make sure that it doesn’t effect the sites that we see. It may be ten dollars difference but if we want to go we should because it will probably the only time we are there.

Emma and Jacob: Overall we really enjoyed our trip to Istanbul. It was full of learning, markets, colours, smells and fun.

One response to “Q and A on Istanbul

  1. The Canadian dollar may be dropping a bit but the wisdom of Emma and Jacob is growing at an exponential rate.

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