Topkapi Palace

Trip Start Jul 14, 2002
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Trip End Dec 17, 2007


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Flag of Turkey  , Istanbul,
Friday, April 30, 2010

We spent most of the day at Topkapi Palace, which was very impressive and had lots of cats. We saw some beautiful rooms with more of the lovely blue ceramic tiles that we saw at the mosque yesterday. There were lots of golden inscriptions in Arabic on the wall. The baths had gold taps and marble everywhere. I was planning on visiting a Turkish bath at some point, and a doubted it would look like these. It is a beautiful palace, and luxuriously decorated in a style completely different to that of our palaces in the UK. It also had lovely views over the twinkling blue Bosphorus.

After exhausting the palace, we headed for the Grand Bazaar, which felt like stepping back in time. You could buy anything you can think of, from lanterns to carpets and perfume, ceramics and trinkets. It was like a scene from Aladdin - all it needed was a magic carpet. I managed to be persuaded to buy a lovely lantern made of glass, which I shall put in our new house, when we buy it. Feeling rather exhausted, we stopped for a drink in the Grand Bazaar, where David persuaded me to try Turkish coffee. It was disgusting! It was so strong, half the cup was coffee sediment, and it looked like mud. To take away the taste I had a delicious apple tea afterwards, which we have had many of now.

For dinner, we thought we'd move away from kebab for the night so we walked down to the fish market and had a fishy dinner. It was very nice, but not as good as the kebabs.
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