Travel Blogs from Istanbul
The final destination!
We have at last arrived in Istanbul 7 weeks, 5,000 miles and three serious bouts of food poisoning later. We spent our last 36 hours in the east drinking in the culture (and the Turkish wine) and taking in the mosques and forts that are the legacy of a city that marks where East meets West, where Turkic meets …
Well, we're in Istanbul. Trip here was pretty uneventful except for a few things: first, we ended up pretty far back in the plane…..it was so far we almost had to take a taxi to our seats. Secondly, we were delayed a bit. The pilot informed us that the reason was that there were a couple of people who were …
... Indeed, the crowds were quite manageable. I had forgotten to bring one of my 5 scarves for the Blue Mosque, so I got a really pretty scarf which also served as a shawl as it was a little nippy at times.
Hippodrome Square -- As we head to Topkapi, Seljuk points out the old hippodrome wall, curved in a sort of race track shape. In the square we can see how large the arena for chariot races was. There are 3 columns in the square.
The Bronze column ...
... and opted to pursue the retailer for further information. He brought us to an unmarked room completely stocked with knock-off designer bags and luggage. One suitcase in particular I did fancy, until scanning the quality and learning the price. After a half hour of price exchanges and quality discrepancies exposed, I finally had enough and vacated the unmarked room, Josh following behind. The shop keeper was extremely annoyed that we did not make a purchase ...
... architecture is fascinating.
Our guided tour of 8 started at the ancient Hippodrome site of the Roman Circus rivalling the Colosseum in Rome...monuments here include obelisks from Karnak in Egypt and Delphi.
Walking into the Blue Mosque with six minarets, was definitely and jaw dropping moment for us, adorned with over 20,000 blue Iznik tiles made from quartz stone in 33 shades of blue. Stained glass windows around the walls and beautifully decorated ...
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