Torun Sokak runs along the back (southeast side) of Istanbul's
Blue Mosque, and though only two narrow lanes,
is a major Sultanahmet traffic street.
Torun (toh-ROON) means "grandchild" or, if you must know,
it is also the word for a 2-year-old camel.
No camels in sight today, only
the soaring hulk of the Blue Mosque right
across the street.
The northwest side of Torun Sokak is taken up
by the backs of the Blue Mosque's
Arasta shops. The southeast side has the
predictable carpet shops, and also several suitable hotels. Street noise is not a problem
because of double-glazed windows and individual
room air-conditioning units—a blessing in
the summer heat.