Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... all wanting to relieve you of your money...mostly jewellery gold and silver, ceramics, leather and souveniers ...a place to spend all day a maze of winding alleyways, easy to get lost.
Topkapi palace ( 400 years old) where the Sultans resided up until 160 years ago was the next stop. Lots to see here with all the treasures including all the gifts from countries around the world to the sultans over that period. Gold daggers encrusted with precious ...
... city as far up as the second Bosphorus Bridge before returning along the Asian Side. There are many wealthy looking houses and being Sunday afternoon, there were thousands of people along the shore in parks and cafes. After disembarking, we walked across a part of the Galata Bridge where there a heaps of cafes full of Turks hoeing into some apparent delicacies ...
... is the mosaic of Empress Zoe, her husband Constantine and Jesus Christ. It is said she had three husbands and each time she remarried she had the face in the mosaic changed to the current man in her life.
Right by is the Istanbul Archaeology Museum. It has three buildings so a lot to take in, and we picked and chose what we ...
... made our way to see the Hippodrome, "Sultanahmet Meydanı" where it used to served as an ancient racetrack where ancient chariot races, athletic competitions were held, and was centrally decorated with the Egyptian Obelisk and other famous columns. After the Hippodrome, we entered the Blue Mosque. The Blue Mosque, "Sultanahmet Camii" is named because of the beautiful blue Iznik tiles decorating the interior. Officially called the ...
... to stop at a little café and have some Turkish coffee. The coffee reminded me a bit of drip filtered coffee in Vietnam.
Back to meet our tour guide for our last stop of the day the Hagia Sophia Museum, oh and a quick purchase of Turkish bread from a street vendor for 1 turkish lira. I just have to say I can’t believe how many places we have been to that want to smear things with Nutella.
The Hagia Sophia Museum which was ...
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