Now this was a wonderful place to visit. We went off ship and rented a taxi for 4 hours for 100 euros. Abdulah was our drivers name and he drove us around the city and explained the mosques and the separation of church and state in his country. He was quite definite in explaining that although 99% Muslim...they were not terrorists. We didn't think the Turkish people were, but this was very important to Abdulah to put us at ease. We went to the Blue Mosque and Saint Sophia and Abdulah had his 'cousin' give us the tour. This was so beautiful and worth while. There was a small market at the exit of Blue Mosque and we picked up a few trinkets there and before we knew it, we were already 3 1/2 hours into our tour and ran out of time to go to the grand bazaar which Abdulah proceeded to tell us it was 2000 stalls of junk and local people would never go there unless they worked there. Very funny.