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Rahil in Istanbul

Rahil, his parents, two of his Masis, and his maternal grandparents arrived in Istanbul on Wednesday, June 16th. Rahil spent most of his time either examining this incredible city's nooks and crannies with his family or pretending he was a paper-airplane-flying lion.

Trip highlights included excursions to the Blue Mosque, the Haghia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Grand Bazaar, several toys stores, the aquarium at Forum Istanbul, the Hippodrome, the Spice Bazaar, Iskitlal Caddesi, Taksim Square, the Cartoon Hotel(!), the ferry to Asia, a telescope store, and to Istanbul University. Rahil ate too much candy, raced slot cars, rode a city bus for the first time, took the tram and the funicular, ate olives, roared like a lion, drank a lot of chocolate milk, met his friend Zoya, posed endlessly, swam, and repeatedly had his head patted and cheeks pinched by locals.

For videos of:

Rahil in the Forum Istanbul Aquarium, walking under the huge tank:

Rahil racing slot cars for the first time ever, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMq_CYILfes

Rahil sampling Turkish Delight for the first time, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYQKzqq8kMU

Rahil being frightened of pigeons in Taksim Square, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZV6ps1KWPA

For a short time-lapse video of sunrise over the Bosphorus, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zAThWFhumc
Returning from Asia, with Sultanahmet in the background.
Returning from Asia, with Sultanahmet in the background.
Posing.
Posing.
Dinner!
Dinner!
Graffiti arising from the May 2010 Gaza blockade episode.
Graffiti arising from the May 2010 Gaza blockade episode.
The Spiral Column, taken in 390 a.d. from the Temple of Apollo at Delphi.
The Spiral Column, taken in 390 a.d. from the Temple of Apollo at Delphi.
Inside Topkapi Palace.
Inside Topkapi Palace.
Hotel Cartoon!?
Hotel Cartoon!?
Reunited with friend Zoya.
Reunited with friend Zoya.
Watch out!
Watch out!
Cash, baby!
Cash, baby!
In Asia, with Nani.
In Asia, with Nani.
Eyeing the good stuff!
Eyeing the good stuff!
View from a Haghia Sophia window.
View from a Haghia Sophia window.
Inside Spice Market.
Inside Spice Market.
Haghia Sophia
Haghia Sophia
Stopping for juice outside the Grand Bazaar.
Stopping for juice outside the Grand Bazaar.
Jumping in anticipation of entering the Grand Bazaar and finding a pin wheel or a yo-yo.
Jumping in anticipation of entering the Grand Bazaar and finding a pin wheel or a yo-yo.
First city bus ride ... ever!  From Sultanahmet to Taksim Square.
First city bus ride ... ever! From Sultanahmet to Taksim Square.
Taksim Square, with Marmara Hotel in background.
Taksim Square, with Marmara Hotel in background.
Rahil trying to hide while at Istanbul University
Rahil trying to hide while at Istanbul University
Clowning around in Taksim Square.
Clowning around in Taksim Square.
Very bored with Istiklal Caddesi.
Very bored with Istiklal Caddesi.
Holding Dad's hand.
Holding Dad's hand.
Gobbling one bite of corn and discarding the remainder.
Gobbling one bite of corn and discarding the remainder.
In front of the Blue Mosque.
In front of the Blue Mosque.
Aquarium.
Aquarium.
At the base of the 3500-year-old Obelisk of Theodosius.
At the base of the 3500-year-old Obelisk of Theodosius.
Medusa's head, upside-down, in the Basillica Cistern.
Medusa's head, upside-down, in the Basillica Cistern.
Haghia Sophia!
Haghia Sophia!
Lunch.
Lunch.
Entrance to Topkapi Palace.
Entrance to Topkapi Palace.
View of the Bosphorus from Topkapi Palace.
View of the Bosphorus from Topkapi Palace.
View of the Bosphorus from room 1217 of the Marmara Hotel.
View of the Bosphorus from room 1217 of the Marmara Hotel.
Basillica Cistern
Basillica Cistern
Inside the lobby of Hotel Cartoon.
Inside the lobby of Hotel Cartoon.
Messing around.
Messing around.
Telescope store!
Telescope store!
Inside the Spice Bazaar.
Inside the Spice Bazaar.
Preparing to board the ferry to cross to Asia.
Preparing to board the ferry to cross to Asia.
Inside the Forum Istanbul Aquarium's Tunnel.
Inside the Forum Istanbul Aquarium's Tunnel.
Rahil was not impressed.
Rahil was not impressed.
Slot car racing.
Slot car racing.
Pretending to be a lion, complete with mane and tail.
Pretending to be a lion, complete with mane and tail.
Lottery:  three trillion at stake!
Lottery: three trillion at stake!
Street (Istiklal Caddesi) musician.
Street (Istiklal Caddesi) musician.
Hop, hop, hop!
Hop, hop, hop!
Cartoon Hotel, nearTaksim Square
Cartoon Hotel, nearTaksim Square
One view at the ferry.
One view at the ferry.
Istiklal Caddesi (off peak)(!)
Istiklal Caddesi (off peak)(!)