We bumped into Sophie, Carl and Tilly in the treasury, admiring the gem-encrusted weapons and medals, and again outside the Harem. By lunchtime it was very crowded, and we left for lunch at the world-famous Pudding Shop, once the start of the hippie trail but now a rather ordinary self-service restaurant. Our plan to visit the Blue Mosque was foiled by prayer time so we explored the monoliths in the hippodrome. When we did make it into the Blue Mosque it was hard to see past the lighting grid to the cupola above.
Dinner at Nefise's was lovely; her mother is an excellent cook and her father insisted on driving us back. Some friends dropped in, too, and one of them entertained us by reading our coffee grounds. And tomorrow Nefise has offered to show us all her Istanbul.