Day 3 (morning)
Temperature: 5 degrees
Weather: sunny blue sky with cloudy periods
Having passed in front of the Dolmabahce Palace on numerous occasions without ever stopping, you'll be happy to know that this morning, Michel and I finally visited the place.
It was 9:30am when we both arrived at the front gate and paid the entrance fee of 20 TL ($13.00 USD) each, and yes, we walked to come here…..no taxi was taken! After all, it was merely a thirty minute walk plus it was quite a beautiful morning, the sky was blue and the sun was out. No complaints here!
century Palace, residence of the Ottoman sultans was quite a spectacular place to see being situated along the European waterfront of the Bosphorus Strait. Numerous fountains adorned the manicured grounds where many tourists walked all around.
We visited the interior of the palace in a small group with an English speaking guide who showed us around and provided details. Plastic covers had to be worn over our shoes to protect the floor plus sadly, no pictures were allowed to be taken inside! The palace altogether was quite impressive with lots of huge rooms with numerous antique vases, crystal chandeliers, paintings and luxurious furniture. What more can I say…..so much wealth!
Next to the Palace, the famous Harem, a huge pink building where the sultan’s concubines lived was also visited. Even though the exterior and interior weren’t as lavish as the Palace itself, it was still worth touring. One couldn’t help but wonder!!
As we walked through the Palace’s huge gardens, we landed in front of a Crystal pavilion which turned out to be a real pearl to visit with all of its glass windows and sunlight coming through. Around the pavilion, various birds were either in cages or just wandering freely.
Finally, time was spent simply relaxing while sitting on cement benches admiring our surroundings….well me anyway as I day-dreamed while looking through the tall iron fence built along the Palace’s waterfront. The view was of numerous boats cruising up and down the Strait on the beautiful turquoise colored waters. What a luxurious life!