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July 13, 2002

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Istanbul keeps us occupied even though we've been here before. This city's history begins with the foundation of Christianity as an accepted religion. It's hard for us to believe that this Muslim city was once the heartland of the Christian faith, pre-dating and overshadowing Rome for piety.
We go into every nook of Istanbul, even the sewers.
You can't be afraid to wear a skirt if you want to visit the Blue Mosque. Uncle Alan is willing even if Dad isn't.
Carpet-seller bait.
At 16:00 we said goodbye to Alan and Adele and left on an overnight bus to Sofia, Bulgaria. We can't give our parents too much rest.