Living it up at the Topkapi Palace
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Today we went to the Topkapi Palace. It was huge and breathtaking! It was opulent but not ostentatious as Versailles (Nina's opinion). The harem's quarters were fantastic and Nina wants to steal one of their couches. It took the entire afternoon to see. They appear to be very clean people as every room practically had a cleaning fountain. The bathroom makes my apartment look like a ghetto. The grounds were expansive and there are gorgeous roses every where. There are views of the city and the Boshporus all over the grounds. The artwork in the domes, on the walls, and the mosaics are wonderful. In the jewellery room there was a display of an 86ct diamond. The story is that it was found in the garbage by an homeless person who sold it in exchange for three wooden spoons. We also saw relics of the prophet Muhammed and Moses. One being a wooden rod of Moses, which I highly doubt as the stick looks brand new.
Nina's highlight of the day was having chocolate baclava. She enjoyed it immensely and would love to bring some back to Canada.
I had ice cream again from Mado's: pistachio and walnut flavours.
We also hung out with Eduardo for the last time. :( Good luck in your travels.