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Topkapi Sarayi

Day 1

        

·         Topkapi Sarayi (Topkapi Palace)

·         Sultan Ahmet Camii (Blue Mosque)

·         Hippodrome Square   

      Dikilitas (Egyptian Obelisk)

      Burma Sutun (Serpentine Column)

      Orme Sutun (Constantine Column)

 ·         Kapali Carsi (Grand Bazaar)

 

Day 2

·         Bosphorus Cruise

 

 

I was excited for this trip, honestly I haven’t thought about coming here but when this travel opportunity came, I was up for it.

In front of Topkapi Sarayi
I’ve been reading about Turkey and that’s when I came across this Travbuddy site, which I am glad of. I made my itinerary even though I was on planned tour, I listed things that I want to see at the tour and places I would like to go during our free time.

 Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned, the weather in Istanbul was gloomy and rainy, I broke my camera on the first day, and we didn’t have enough time to tour as it was dark early since it was winter. I was disappointed at first but looking back, the time in Istanbul was short and sweet, Topkapi Palace was glorius • the precious treasures and jewels were stunning, Sultanahmet Mosque was magnificent, Hippodrome Square is imaginative of horse-drawn chariot races and spectators, the Grand Bazaar is full of shopping wonder and friendly merchants offering steaming hot apple tea on a cold winter night, dinner came with cultural show and belly dancing • entertaining, and the Bosphorus Cruise was amazing, seeing Europe on one side and Asia on the other. I made new friends on the tour and they were kind to take my pictures.

 

I would definitely come back, re-visit the places and spending more time there, enjoying the sights, sounds and taste of Istanbul that I didn’t get enough of ,and visit places I didn’t get to see • Hagia Sophia, Dolmabache Palace and Beyoglu : Gelata Tower and Istiklal Cadessi • the shops, restaurants and cafes, pubs / clubs , and of course more time for shopping at the Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Spice Bazaar.

  

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Topkapi Sarayi
Topkapi Sarayi
In front of Topkapi Sarayi
In front of Topkapi Sarayi
Topkapi Sarayi at night
Topkapi Sarayi at night
Sultanahmet Mosque at night
Sultanahmet Mosque at night
Inside the Sultanahmet Mosque
Inside the Sultanahmet Mosque
Inside Sultanahmet Mosque
Inside Sultanahmet Mosque
The Grand Bazaar
The Grand Bazaar
Pretty lights
Pretty lights
Souvenir at Grand Bazaar
Souvenir at Grand Bazaar
Sweet Delights
Sweet Delights
Cultural Show 1
Cultural Show 1
Belly dancer
Belly dancer
Cultural Show
Cultural Show
Belly dancer
Belly dancer
On the cruise with Bosphorus Bridg…
On the cruise with Bosphorus Brid…
Cruise
Cruise
Along the Bosphorus 1
Along the Bosphorus 1
Along the Bosphorus 2
Along the Bosphorus 2
Along the Bosphorus 3
Along the Bosphorus 3
Along the Bosphorus 4
Along the Bosphorus 4
Along the Bosphorus 5
Along the Bosphorus 5
Along the Bosphorus 6
Along the Bosphorus 6
Istanbul
photo by: Memo