We ate outdoors (the weather here is much warmer than in Amsterdam). Lots of mezes (appetizers) like in a Korean restaurant, little bits of octopus and calamari, and a choice of sea bass or anchovies for the main course. I memorized the names of all 14 fellow travelers. They seem to be a nice bunch mostly, although one lady seems to have a touch of dementia. She reminds me of my mother in the early stages. Her husband seems a little confused as well. Another lady was suffering from perhaps a bladder infection, and desperate to get antibiotics to treat it even though its a weekend and the pharmacies are all closed. Jasmine was spending lots of time on her cell trying to sort that one out.
After dinner, we walked (thank goodness) back to the hotel passing through the magical blue Mosque, beautifully illuminated, and listened to the evening call to prayer and watched the birds fly overhead in the dusk. The walk was a complete maze, we're going to have to stick close to the group to avoid getting hopelessly lost in this confusing, chaotic city.
This morning, we're going to take the tram or train to the Bosporus for a two hour cruise, and then visit the Topkapi palace this dinner.