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.