At the end of April, which happens to be the best time with the Judas trees blossoming everywhere, we spent a Saturday in and out of many holes trying to discover a hidden part of historical Istanbul. It was a trip arranged by Tur Kosmos with Vera Bulgurlu, Ferudun Özgümüş and Hayri Yılmaz as our guides. The goal was to see the Roman/Byzantine remains of the city from the remains hidden under post 1950’s structures.
As we spoke, we walked into a parking lot used by the tourist buses that shuttle tourists in and out of the ancient peninsula. Here were were greeted by a strange parking lot keeper who claimed that he was a nutcase and that was the only way he could stand his job which he detested. Ignoring his remarks that he would charge us a lot more next time we came, we walked into the dusty parking lot towards a hole in the ground hidden behind some parked vehicles.