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... the fourth highest leadership position within the palace.
The rooms within the harem were impressive, although it was disappointing that they had not been better preserved because much of the detail in the tiles and art was difficult to distinguish. We also visited on a very overcast and gloomy day so some of the splendor was lost because the rooms relied purely on natural light, making it hard to see a lot of the rooms themselves while we passed through them.
... the ruling family, the Osmans, governed their empire. Built over the centuries from the 1460s to the early 18th century -- each generation had to leave its imprint -- the palace features beautifully tiled rooms around a large garden. Of particular interest was the living quarters of the family and, of course, the harem. The extended family lived in interconnected rooms and courtyards. The sultan, his mother, and the first two of his four wives ...
... first and made me feel very isolated. But, there may have been numerous reasons for their behaviour and all I could do was wait for the next positive experience, which was never far away. Istanbul can be a tourist trap at times, charging euros to use the toilet, or surcharges when eating out. Also, watch your step, there is unfinished construction everywhere. As you walk the streets there are cats and dogs everywhere, even in packs! The ...
... tear guns. The trucks looked like they had water cannons. We were told that their presence is normal for Beyoglu but more so on weekends. The locals are generally annoyed with the current government. Demonstrations and protests are frequent.
Had a late lunch in a restaurant off Istiklal St. It consisted of garlic prawns without garlic. Chris ordered fried brains. The mains were lamb cutlets ...
... said that the country is 90% Islam and that only about 6-7% are what we would call devout. 7. Turkey is the only Islamic country with a secular constitution in the world. Then we went to the Topkapi Sarayi Muzesi or the Topkapi Palace Museum. This palace was the home for the Sultans of Turkey for four centuries. The two videos I posted feature Oscar and how he explained the palace. The palace was beautiful. It had a wonderful view ...