A Palace and a River Ride - what a day

Trip Start Sep 19, 2010
Trip End Oct 25, 2010

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Dolmabahce Palace is beautiful inside and out but they would not allow pictures inside even without flash.  I should mention that many of my inside pictures of Mosques and palaces have been taken without flash on the twillight setting of my Sony HX-l camera - a fabulous invention as flash does not go far enough and leaves glow areas. This setting takes six shots and overlapse them keeping the best of each - don't ask me any more about it except it works - taken at a speed of1600 which usually gives a lot of noise(white spots) and can give fuzzy pictures but this system works as long as you keep the camera very still while the shots are taken. I put the strap around my neck and pull the camera forward - that seems to keep it steady.

 The Dolmabahçe Palace (TurkishDolmabahçe Sarayı, IPA: [doɫmabahˈtʃe saˈɾajɯ]) in IstanbulTurkey, located at the European side of the Bosporus, served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922, apart from a twenty-year interval (1889-1909) in which the Yıldız Palace was used.

Ferry ride down the Bosphorus River

This is written up in all the tour books as being a wonderous sight and it really is.  I look more video than still pictures so the stills might not look as great as it really is but check them out anyways.  i would put video up but it takes so long to load that I never have the time - perhaps when I get home I can put up the best ones.  Anyway the rivers edge is full of palacial homes - most really kept up and some turned into hotels and resaurants.  For the most part one has to be rich to live along the edge of the river ion these homes.  

The Bosphorus or Bosporus (GreekΒόσποροςBosporosBulgarianБосфораБосфора), also known as theIstanbul Strait (Turkishİstanbul Boğazı), is a strait that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia. It is one of the Turkish Straits, along with the Dardanelles. The world's narrowest strait used for international navigation, it connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara (which is connected by the Dardanelles to the Aegean Sea, and thereby to theMediterranean Sea).Bosphorus' limits are defined as the connecting line between the lighthouses Rumeli Feneri and Anadolu Feneri in the north and between the Ahırkapı Feneri and the Kadıköy İnciburnu Feneri in the south. The shores of the strait are heavily populated as the city of Istanbul (with a metropolitan area in excess of 11 million inhabitants) straddles it.The name comes from Greek Bosporos (Βόσπορος),[2] which the ancient Greeks analysed as bous βοῦς 'ox' + porosπόρος 'means of passing a river, ford, ferry', thus meaning 'ox-ford'. Although it has been known for a while that the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara flow into each other in an example of a density flow, findings of a study by the University of Leeds in August 2010 reveal that there is in fact an underwater river flowing through the Mediterranean and under the Bosphorus caused by the difference in density of the two seas, which would be the sixth largest river on Earth if it were to be on land.[3]It has also been thought to be a Thracian form of Phôsphoros (Φωσφόρος), "light-bearing", an epithet of the goddess Hecate.[citation needed]Panoramic view of a portion of the Bosphorus, as seen from the Ulus neighbourhood on the European side, with the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge at left and the Bosphorus Bridge at right 

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Anne W. on

Hi - have a good journey home - with your toothbrush! What an incredible amount you've done - trip of a lifetime. Really looking forward to hearing first hand from you on Tuesday at book club at my place. Amazing photos!

mloebus on

Hi Laura, have a safe trip home. Have certainly enjoyed your fabulous travelogue and the photos in Istanbul are wonderful. Too bad it rained but I see by the number of people in the Mosques that you were able to get around easily and take some wonderful photos. Maybe rain is not all that bad. We leave tomorrow for our big adventure and only wish someone was doing a travelpod like this. M

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