The sun shone through the curtains.Isn't the rail of the window beautiful?
First we paid a visit at the Zappeion Greek School.I was so emotional.Our students presented songs and dances and so did the children of the school.There are about 100 students left there.After speeches we exchanged gifts and attended a small ceremony.
Our students sitting at the stairs of Zappeion.
A local simit seller just before we embark.
Ciragan Hotel(previously a palace).
Ortakoy under the bridge.
We had a mackerel sandwich as soon as we got off the ship.Delicious!
Then we attended a ceremony at the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople where we met the Patriarch Bartholomew himself who talked to us and listened to the song we sang for him.
Greek-Turkish friendship flags outside the Patriarchate.
In the evening we paid a visit to our friends' Aykut and Sehnaz's house.We met their family and they treated us to a lovely meal of various dishes. It was great to see their flat and all their great art.
We had lahmazun,Isli kofte and artichokes among other things.