Apparently, even Mary had to pay taxes.


Olaf and I took a bus (my first in Istanbul, now I have traveled by every possible form of transport here, including metro, tram, boat, taxi, dolmus) from Taksim to the fabulous Chora Museum/Church this morning. This place is pretty cool, the mosaics are beautiful and in amazing shape for their age and tell all kinds of Biblical stories that have a lot of meaning for Christians. One of the odder ones (see image below) depicted the Virgin Mary being audited  (well, enrolled for taxation) by the IRS of their day, which for some reason cracked me up. After that we had a pretty nice lunch at a swank restaurant nearby, then took a look at some of the famous land walls nearby that once guarded the city against invasion.