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Today we wanted to visit the Topkapi Palace.
Istanbul is big. Really big. You can't get anywhere without taking a taxi, but luckily, our hotel was situated close to Sultanahmed, so we were walking. The directions were easy, you just have to go east. But still, we managed to get lost! After wandering a while among houses not so pretty to the eye, we decided to just walk downhill. In the end we bumped against the massive walls of the Topkapi Palace and finally reached Sultanahmed after a big detour!
Unfortunately, the Harem was closed, so there was a lot we didn't see. Ah well, a good reason to visit Istanbul a second time in the future! The Palace was spectacular nonetheless and offered an excellent view over Istanbul's harbour. There are also lots of Turkish school children walking around in groups.
One highlight of the palace is definitely the collection of treasures. There is displayed all the richness the Ottoman Empire has recieved from the European countries. I have never seen so much gold and so many jewels! And the kitchen. I have never seen such a big spoon. There is also a quiet garden to excape the loud and busy streets .
There is one room in the Palace in which all the walls are really lavishly decorated. A very special room, where the young princes get their circumcision.
In the Beyoglu district, where you can find the most and the best restaurants, there is a crowded but excellent restaurant named Sofyali, where we dined at least two times. Turkish food is very good and quite cheap.