A tourist in Istanbul

Friday morning I was a tourist in Istanbul. Rode the metro to the funicular to the tram, to Sultanhamet Square. Then paid visits to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia.
Hagia Sofia is pretty cool. I didn't remember a thing about it from 10 years ago. I was kind of surprised that I hardly recognized anything in Istanbul besides the Kabatas and the Flower Courtyard from my trip 10 years ago. My memory of other cities I visited in 1997 has been much better. Afraid I'm getting old.
Between the man in this picture and the Starbucks nearby, I'm reminded how much Disney-fication is happening to the world's most meaningful places. Check out this video by Bruce Sterling for more of what I mean.