Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... I first went to Istanbul, and it is mostly the same. Along the way we passed block after block of 4 and 5 story apartment buildings with giant signs in front that said "coming soon!" "A new project by Big Construction Group," etc etc. Acres and acres of old buildings that will be bulldozed and replaced by shiny high rises. The scale of development is breath-taking.
As we walked along the avenue, we spotted a sticker on a light pole. It ...
... too. Tayfun had to go as he was waiting for the fridge repairman to come to his place so we wandered around ourselves and had a walk in the Gulhane park. Their park is so much better compared to the national park in Athens. We finally got to the entrance of Topkapi palace but it was closed few minutes before. We went back and cooked some chinese food for Tayfun and he seems to like it, or he is just being nice hahaha. We cooked the portions of 5 for 3 of us and had leftovers for ...
... a pretty sight. Having skipped the queue, we went in an anti clockwise direction, joining every queue we saw, 3 treasuries, the clock room, the armoury and the harem. Lots and lots of queues. The decorations were amazing, so intricate. Each sultan adding their own additions.
The harem was most intricately decorated and luxurious of the parts we saw, but I think it must have been horrible living there, essentially trapped with the same group of people for ...
... me!). Nasha explained that in Turkey the Islams are what she termed “Light Islam” – I think me meant more moderate and not as radical as some from other Islamic states. She did comment on the number of mosques and highlighted there is no need to keep building more Mosques as in a city of over 20million people they need more schools! We saw the enclosed and secure place where the Sultan used to come and pray and the area where women sit. The wall-to-wall ...
... leave the room, I did not see the demonstration of how carpets were made. The owners were eager to sell carpets and mats to the crowd.
Walking down the street for a few meters we came across the Grand Bazar. Inside there are 1400 shops..it was crowded and there were many shops selling jewellery and a huge variety of clothing and artefacts specific to the ...
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