Thursday, April 9, 2015

Istanbul - Topkapi Palace & Grand Bazaar (Turkey)


From Koru Hotel, we were back to Istanbul where we first arrived for this 11 days 9 nights tour. Returning again was basically to cover two more places and Istanbul the route out of Turkey to home sweet home. Thus, in the morning we were at Topkapi palace and since the palace is in a huge area, we stopped for lunch at a nearby eatery and returned again later in the afternoon. Topkapi palace is the biggest and one of the most popular sites in Istanbul. This first Ottoman palace was built between 1466 and 1478 in the newly conquered capital of the Empire by Mehmet II on top of a hill with the Sea of Marmara to the south, the Bophorus strait to the north east and for the great views of the Asian side as well. For about 400 years until the construction of the Dolmabahce Palace, this palace was used as the residence of the Ottoman Sultans. In 1924, by the order Attaturk, Topkapi Palace was converted into a museum. 

The complex consists of four main courtyards, numerous buildings, many rooms and chambers filled with collections of porcelain, robes, weapons, Islamic art, murals etc etc. Not to be missed is the Imperial Harem containing more than 400 rooms and the home of the sultan's mother, the wives and concubines. Photos - sorry people, not allowed, so pictures on the exterior only.   


  


  
  

The next morning just few hours before leaving Istanbul, we were at the grand bazaar, another bazaar like the Spice Bazaar for retail therapy and food glories food






The famous street food outside the bazaar has to be the fish burger. Truly popular with people queuing up to order the freshly grilled fish stuffed in bun with veggies. I of course tried and also had the kimchi drink from another stall. The so called fish burger was nice but would have been better with chilli sauce. The kimchi drink is another sour-salty kimchi, just that this one is a drink.

We then left for the airport to transit at Dubai and I arrived home with bags of great memories travelling alone but in a tour group with unknown people. Indeed worth the travel to visit -

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15 comments:

  1. Beautiful place istanbul And Lively u :) enjoying life to the fullest is what I like the most about u!! :D

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  2. This is such an amazing place to travel to.. The food looks good.. I liked ur fun pic more :)

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  3. Beautiful pictures.Istanbul is a beautiful place...sure is a food heaven :)

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  4. I would love to travel here some time.
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  5. Looks like another lovely place to visit!

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  6. Nice walk after a meal...LOL...at the funny pose....you have such good humor :)

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  7. awesome nava... love to visit such a place:)

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  8. Beautiful pictures! I'm glad you included the picture of those intricate patterns. Distant lands can be so fascinating and you're lucky to travel and see the world!

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  9. I'm a fan of bazaar! Can imagine myself shopping like crazy there. Lol!

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  10. you've taken us virtually along with u & we enjoyed a lot. beautiful clicks & nice write up...

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  11. Beautiful place ......love ur photographs...... :)

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  12. I love your photos, and thank you so much for sharing this beautiful tour! Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

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  13. fantastic places.. em drooling at the foodie clicks :D

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  14. Lovely place and i could see you had a nice time there. Im lucky to get a place review like this and get to know more about the place. A virtual trip indeed

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