so, i rented a lens for our trip to istanbul. a fancy lens, one with a red line around it. i thought it would be the only lens i would need. i put it on my trusty canon 40d and off we went. i did use it some before we left but not enough. we arrived in istanbul in the evening, just enough time for dinner and to fall in to bed. i didn’t use it much that night. For our first full day we had planned to go to the chora church then to galata tower. the lens seemed fine at the church, then at galata it started freaking out; not focusing at all. i could only get it to focus at certain focal lengths. it was terrible. Luckily, i had brought my little canon elph and took most of my istanbul photos with it.
on to the galata tower. The views are amazing in all directions. if you are afraid of heights or being on a fairly narrow ledge you should probably be prepared to be uncomfortable. it’s totally worth it, though. i wish we had gone back at either sun-up or sun-down because i’m sure that would have been glorious.
one of the most amazing things we saw in istanbul was the chora church. it was our first day in istanbul and one of nick’s colleagues had offered to show us around. she is turkish and spent some time in istanbul. our first stop was the kariye museum. the mosaics are breathtaking. it’s a small place and you can get right up to see the detail in the mosaics. it was a perfect first day of the trip activity since we were still quite jetlagged. we really loved the intimate nature of the building and of course, the history. the museum is a bit out of the way but so worth the extra effort. there is a wonderful restaurant directly next to the museum that has an ottoman inspired menu. perfect.