Thursday, September 21, 2006

Istanbul

We spent part of our Summer vacation (a week) in Istanbul. It was great. Istanbul is a city where the cliché of “East meets West” is a reality. It’s also a very geographically blessed city, with miles and miles of waterfront real estate (overlooking both sides of the bosphorus), put to really good use. You find palaces, clubs, restaurants, gardens, museums, houses, and much more either directly on the bosphorus, or having amazing views of it. OK, enough words, I’ll let the photos do the talking.


The Aya Sophia Museum. This was the religious center of Byzantine christendom, converted to a mosque by the Ottomans, converted to a museum by Ataturk.


View of the Bosphorus from the modern art museum.


Sunset on Buyuk Ada (one of the Princes' Islands).


Jazz Brunch on the Bosphorus. A wonderful event, where you listened to live Jazz music, ate delectable Turkish food, with the Bosphorus as your background.


The American Jazz singer of the brunch above. Her voice was Angelic.


Lamps in the Grand Bazaar


Ceramic plates at the Grand Bazaar


Prince Island by night


Playing with the camera at night.

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I've never visited turkey before, and i never thought that it could be that nice.

After this post i think it is worth the visit!

Leilouta said...

Ah...I am so jeoulous! :) My mom went a few times to Istanbul for work , and she loved it. I remember getting really excited from all the different sweets she brought back with her.
I was going to go with a friend, her mom and aunt, once until they told me that the purpose of their trip was to buy stuff for a future bride ( my friend) .They were not planning on going to the blue mosque or see anything that is not related to shopping. I chose not to go.

mo said...

We went to Istanbul on our school graduation trip. Amazing city and the East-meets-West aspect was indeed very very fascinating. Ahhh, the memories..

Highlights: - Bosporus-cruise
- exploring the city at night
- freezing my ass off along with two friends for about 3 hours while waiting for the sunrise in the Eminönü district, was toootally worth it though in the end

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Did you try the apple tea? and turkish delights. Nothing can replace such exquisite taste. none taste the same.

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