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... 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 ...
... many of the leading countries near Turkey as well as photograph-like paintings of sights in Istanbul. I was amazed to see the details represented in the paintings of Istanbul areas. Several panoramas from the 18th and 19th centuries portrayed broad stretches of the Istanbul cityscape that were easily recognizable due to the landmark mosques still present today. Osman Hamdi Bey was one of the highlighted artists. His work titled The Tortoise Trainer was created ...
... at the Grand Bazaar. It's one of the chain coffee shops in Turkey… try the chocolate fondue there, it's not on the menu (I think) but you can ask for it. The milk-chocolate is really good! Brilliant idea btw selling fondue at a coffee shop.. don't know why we don't have it in more places! You walk into another era with the tiny markets when you enter the Kapali Carsi, aka the Grand Bazaar. I grew up in Kolkata (India) and this bazaar is very similar ...
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