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 being is the route out of Turkey to home sweet home. First stop for the morning day was at Topkapi palace and since this palace is in a huge area, we took a break from walking around to 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. The first Ottoman palace in this newly conquered capital of Empire by Mehmet II, on top of a hill with the Sea of Marmara to the south, 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, Topkapi Palace was the residence to Ottoman Sultans. In 1924, by the order Attaturk, Topkapi Palace was converted into a museum. 

Topkapi Palace 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 home of the sultan's mother, wives and concubines. Picturing however is not allowed on the interiors, so, click your camera on the surrounding and outside structures only.   


  


  
  

The next morning, just a few hours before departing, we were at the grand bazaar. Another bazaar like the Spice Bazaar for retail therapy and food glories food






The famous street food outside Grand bazaar has to be fish burger. Truly popular with people queuing up to order the freshly grilled fish stuffed in bun with veggies. I of course tried, I 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 tasted similar to the actual sour-salty kimchi, just that this one is a drink.









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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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