Saturday, 27 September 2014
We spent a big part of the day visiting the Topkapı Palace; it's such a beautiful place! I particularly loved the tiled walls and roofs - so many wonderful patterns and colours...
After that we walked around the Blue Mosque to visit the small but beautiful Mosaic Museum. There, among the amazing 5th century mosaics, we spotted a rather modern looking sandal and a beard definitely fit for a 2014 hipster. :-)
Friday, 19 September 2014
Our fifth day in Istanbul was a very productive and photogenic one, so get ready for an avalanche of photos!
We started with a visit to the Archaeological Museum, where we marveled at beautiful sculptures and stunning tiles.
After that we headed to the magnificent Hagia Sofia; what an incredibly impressive place! It's mind-boggling to think that it was built in 537 and it's still standing as strong as the day people first set foot in it.
When we left we headed to the Rüstem Pasha Mosque, a beautiful spot with wonderful blue tiles, and then we walked to the old Orient Express train station where we watched whirling Dervishes. We topped it all with a ferry ride in the sunset, with a cup of tea and a couple of lokums... What a 'delight' of a day!
Sunday, 31 August 2014
On our fourth day in Istanbul we took a ferry to another part of town and decided to walk to the Chora Church. We walked along the old Byzantine wall that used to protect the city and we passed through some amazing neighbourhoods. Some of the houses weren't in great shape (at all) but they were so beautiful - they were covered in thousands of tiny colourful tiles... I couldn't stop myself from taking dozens of photos!
When we got to the Chora Museum we found out that part of it was under renovation but what we saw was very impressive. From there we got slightly lost in public transportation (but were helped by very friendly locals) and eventually made our way to the Basilica Cistern and the Blue Mosque.