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Blue mosque

After my sister went to Istanbul for fun, study/job a few times I fell in love with her pictures. We do have some big mosques here in Holland but in our culture it's all different. So I needed to see them for real in Istanbul. We have had some stressfull period (like many many many other ones) and took the plain to Istanbul....as we landed on the Asian side we had to take a ride for 1 hour to our hotel. Unfortunately it was already dark but we were able to see a little bit already. Arriving Istanbul on Saturday 18.00 = stuck in traffic but I don't care that much. Big cities and traffic...can't help it. After a long ride through some small streets we arrived our hotel (Antea hotel, old part) it was just completely renovated, really good and actually very cheap.

Blue mosque
The hotel is situated between the Grand bazar and Blue mosque so we could walk everything. The same night we try to find the different places but we first found some other, not famous, mosques. Actually in dark they are more beautiful than some other famous ones. :) Or maybe that's because I saw them first.

After some good rest we went on very early to the blue mosque. (Something really typical was that there was no mess on the streets anywhere. In our country there's always some mess on the streets but here everything was clean.) The Blue mosque is not very big inside but I liked it very much. The lamps (or how do they call them???) are beautiful above the red carpet and under the colorfull ceiling. I had to cover my hair here but that reminds me we're in a different culture.

Blue mosque
Next to the Blue mosque is a bazar and on the other side the Egyptian statue. We have seen the other one in Luxor so it was nice to see this one too. Just in front of the Blue mosque is a small park to the Haya Sophia. It wasn't open yet when we arrived but after a few minutes we could go in. I love this museum which was once a church and a mosque. I love the chandeliers very much, want to have them!!! :) of course there is so much more to see here, upstairs there are some old fresco's and just the whole part is very special to see.

Our next stop is the Topkapi palace. It's only a few minutes walking from the Haya Sophia. On our way we met some little kittens...everywhere are little kittens which are feed very well by the local people. The same is for the dogs, they are feed very well and are walking with you for a while.

Haya Sophia
 At the Topkapi palace we first take a look at the palace itself and after seeing it we went to the Harem. I like this part the most and can imagine how it had to be a women in this harem. The places are very well served. I think it's actually a small city inside the palace.

We took the metro to the Galata bridge cause we want to go to the other side. Because it's sunday, there are a lot of crowd on the bridge for fishing. It's amazing to see how many people are on it, really great vieuw. On the other side we walked all up through a very small street. My sister told me about this street and it is a nice one indeed. It ends in the music area which is a relaxing place. We saw the Galata tower first but didn't went in. I want to see the modern city and shop a bit.

Haya Sophia
:) I'm still a woman...

After some relaxing dinner and a long walk from the new part to our hotel in the old part...we were all tired. We fisrt take some coffee at Starbucks and went to the park nearby the big mosques to watch them all lightened in dark. Really romantic...

The next day we woke up during prayer. It's special to hear, so loud. But again I like it, it's the culture of this country. We visited the Egyptian bazar and made some new friends here. After talking for a while we made a boattrip on the Bosphorus. It was a bit cold but we enjoyed it. Istanbul is really big! After beeing freezed on the boat we went back to the old part and visited the Grand bazar. Nice architecture and shops. :) The last days we visited Basilica Cisterne (an underground waterreservoir, really beautiful with classic music) and did some shopping, had dinner, walked a lot, more dinner, more shopping...and finally went back home again. I want to return one day but it will be in summer that time. :)

dyevushka says:
now i HAVE to go! :)
Posted on: Jun 20, 2011
mcheema says:
im totally jealous! lovely pictures :)
Posted on: Oct 27, 2008
Biedjee says:
hoping to go there next year!
Posted on: Oct 26, 2008
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