Day 1

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running a sack race in Gülhane park

Our 'real' first day started at 7 o'clock in the morning because we were expected to have breakfast at 8 o'clock and to leave at 8.30. This day was a cultural one. We started to walk to Topkapi Palace, Palace of the former Sultan. First we walke around in the palace and later we went into the building where the Harem of the Sultan lived before. The weather was really nice today. Warm and sunshine, I like! It was nice to see the palace from the inside, especially the Harem part, but the view over the Bosporus was really beautiful!

After visiting the palace we want to the harbour to make a boat trip. We were on a huge boat and have been sailing for 2 hours. We were sitting on the deck in the sunshine and enjoyed ourselves very well. The activities that day ended with a game in Gülhane park.

View over the Bosporus from Topkapi palace.
We were divided in some groups and were standing in front of some jute sacks and already thought what we would have to do. In the middle of a very busy Gülhane Park we would have to do a sack race! In no-time there were a lot of  spectators around us, even before we started the race. They were laughing while we were springing in the sacks but when it finished the locals didn't seem to get the aim of the game. It was very funny. After that the study tour committee divided us in groups with people we don't know very well to get to know each other a little bit better. We had a very nice group and had dinner till 23.30! The committee called us to check where we were and we told we were still sitting in the restaurant. So we where the last group who were still eating!

el_wray says:
Great timing! İstanbul is beautiful during April =)
Posted on: Jul 26, 2010
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View over the Bosporus from Topkap…
View over the Bosporus from Topka…
Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace
View from Topkapi Palace
View from Topkapi Palace
view from Topkapi Palace
view from Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace
Relaxing @ Topkapi Palace
Relaxing @ Topkapi Palace
Harem Topkapi Palace
Harem Topkapi Palace
Harem Topkapi Palace
Harem Topkapi Palace
Harem Topkapi Palace
Harem Topkapi Palace
Harem Topkapi Palace
Harem Topkapi Palace
Haren Topkapi Palace
Haren Topkapi Palace
Boat trip over the Bosporus
Boat trip over the Bosporus
Bridge
Bridge
me & Kitty at the boat
me & Kitty at the boat
Sack Race in Gülhane park
Sack Race in Gülhane park
Drinking turkish tea after dinner.
Drinking turkish tea after dinner.
Istanbul
photo by: Memo