While the previous days were packed with sight-seeing, we used our last day in Istanbul to leisurely stroll through the alleys of the old town. We wandered to the shores of the Sea of Marmara where the locals meet for a glass of apple tea and children shoot with airguns at balloons. We visited the Little Hagia Sophia which was built in the 6th century and served as a model for the slightly younger Hagia Sophia. The church was turned into a mosque at the beginning of the 16th century and sees comparatively few tourists making the visit much more enjoyable. Close-by lies the Kumkapi Fish Market which is a lively place and worth to explore. We ended our walk at the Spice Bazaar which we had visited already on our first day in Istanbul and found especially charming with all the colours and smells of oriental herbs and flavours.
In the evening, we had to leave the city and the airplane took us home to cold, wintery Germany. However, we knew that some day we would come back as 5 days were not nearly enough for grand Istanbul!!