chapter  23
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A Last Stroll

OurtourshHvenowtakenusthroughnearlyeverypart ofthecityandtomostofitshistoricalmonuments.But, aswehaveperhapslearnedonourstrolls,Istanbulismuch morethanjustaninhabitedmuseum,fortheoldtownhas abeautyandfascinationthatgoquitebeyonditshistory anditsarchitecture.Oneisapttofeelthiswhenseatedata raye'!Jiormeyhaneinasun-dappledsquareorwhiletaking one'skeyifinavine-shadedcafebesidetheBosphorus.Little hasbeensaidoftheStamboullusthemselves,butthevisitor willsurelyhaveexperiencedinnumerableexamplesoftheir gravefriendlinessandunfailinghospitality.Muchofthe pleasureofvisitingorlivinginthiscityderivesfromthe warmandrelaxedcompanyofitsresidents."HotJgeldiniz!" (Welcome),theysaytothestrangerwhoarrivesintheir cityortheirhome;andwhenoneleavesoneissentoff witha"GUle,Gille!"(GowithSmiles),asiftolessenthe inevitablesadnessofdeparture.Buthowcanonenotfeel sadwhenleavingthisbeautifulcity.