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A few words about the city. We really feel the influence of two civilizations during centuries. The museum / Basilica / mosque Saint Sofia is a symbol of that. First, Byzantine basilica and after, Ottoman mosque. It was made with the noblest materials of these times. Its construction has even put in jeopardy the finances of the prosperous Byzantine Empire. Conquered by the Ottoman in the fifteenth century, it became a mosque and all ornaments Christians were covered with plaster. To finish the rivalries and fights,in 1929, it was decided to make it a museum rather than a place of worship. The best of both eras are visible at the Christian mosaics in gold with another luxury Islamic symbols.Turkey is a secular state and his main religion is Islam. For this reason we has allowed to visit the Blue Mosque. This name cames for the mosaic that covers the interior. At the outside, we can see how the sunset change the color in a varied range of pink. Another good idea… you must go to the great bazaar and let lost inside. But attention, your portfolio must be full of money ,there are many temptations. Our lodging is in the Galata district. It is a tourist and cosmopolitan  place and it remembers of Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. We feel very comfortable there and we only have the desire to return.

Renault Mais

We met the commercial subsidiary of Renault in Turkey. Their centre is near Istanbul. Here, Renault has a market share of 17% , not less. We have shown the Challenge 2008 and Logan cars to the staff and we responded all theirs questions. Several people have asked us why we did not do the Challenge with a Laguna, more faster and comfortable … We have responded that since the beginning of the Challenge, it was decided that the Logan is the ideal car: international, accessible … At return to Istanbul, we crossed the Bosphorus. We were full of differents sensations.

The school in Istanbul

The time that we spent at school in Istanbul was very moving for us. In this school, there are about 250 Iraqi refugee childrens who are learning English, french, or another language, before find another country to live. In total, we had a car full of school supplies: notebooks, all kinds of pencils, kits, rules and even a computer with printer and a Playstation to relax that they can use at their breaks . Many thanks to Paloma, Victor, Emergya, Celine and Fabien, Angel, Juan Antonio, Vicky, Mari, Jose, Marcos. The children were so excited that they transported all the equipment from cars to the school. A few minutes later they offered us a concert they had prepared in our honour, it was very moving. Later, we were able to share drawings of children of schools ,at Vaudricourt in France, to the Istanbul pupils. Also we delivered a letter from the french pupils. This is an invitation to continue the interchange .

At Galatasarai Hammam

We have not encountered any football player at Galatasarai, but after 5000 km of road, we arrived the moment to take the famous turkish massage. After lunch, we could spend the our last evening at the exterior but we were too tired , so we decided , go to sleep. Tomorrow, on the road again, we have to arrive before 7:00 am  to take the ferry.