|A Raki toast to traffic jams!|
Straddling the Bosphorus, a strait that divides Europe and Asia, this alpha city climbs up the hills that ring the city for as far as you can see. We are enthralled by it all. Well, except for the traffic!
They make our stay fantastic. It is within walking distance of all the important sites of Sultanahmet if you can mount the hills. Across the street, we find decent food and wonderful service at the Tandistanbul restaurant.
|Yalis on the Bosphorus|
The shores are lined with a plethora of ancient castles, palaces, yalis (quaint wooden summer mansions built next to the water), and other interesting sites. We are riveted by the scale and majesty of the view. We enjoy another wonderful fresh fish lunch on the Bosporus at Seastar 1 Fish and Wine Centre.
Roger in the Topkapi Palace's Harem courtyard
|In Istanbul’s ancient Hippodrome stands the |
Obelisk of Theodosius erected in 390 AD
Now a pleasantly landscaped public promenade lined with a few remaining ancient monuments, here more than any place we visit, we feel the ancient city’s heartbeat.
Within walking distance are the renowned Blue Mosque and the stunning Hagia Sophia considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture.
|Basilica Underground Cistern|
Today, it has a supernatural feel given the dramatic lights, the two Medusa heads that form the base of two of the 336 columns, and the scads of fish swimming around.
|The fresco in the dome of Chora’s paraecclesion depicts theVirgin Mary and the child Jesus attended by 12 angels.|
|Add L. to r. footballer Huseyin Itkin, weight lifter Özgűr Bilen,|
footballers Furkor Gundede, Batuhan Diler,
Emre Huan, Samet Ilhan and basketballer Akin Simit.
|Katie in her leather jacket at sunset|
overlooking the Hagia Sophia