Monday, October 15, 2007

part VII - and back in Istanbul again

The last couple of days back in Istanbul were spent walking around Sultanahmet and shopping ... and walking some more and shopping again. We visited the Rustem Pasa mosque - my favorite one of all - where we sat through prayer and chatted with the Imam for a while, saw the train station where the Orient Express stops, went back to the Spice and Grand Bazaars where I got my second mixed scent and twelve meters of fabrics from a dear old man, ate more baklavas and tried the gullaç (special dessert only available during Ramazan), and visited the night stalls around the Hippodrome which was so festive I never wanted to leave. And for our last meal, lunch at Hamdi again. It was the perfect ending for one of the best trips we ever had.

I think it shows on all these posts I made how much we loved it there. Before we went I had read somewhere that Turkey is a country you can't visit just once. I now understand why :)

blue mosque
blue mosque

blue mosque
blue mosque

sultans tombs
sultans' tombs

rustem pasa mosque
rustem pasa mosque

rustem pasa mosque
rustem pasa mosque

rustem pasa mosque
rustem pasa mosque

eminonu
at eminonu

the orient express station
the orient express station

at the hippodrome stalls
the blue mosque at night

at the hippodrome stalls
the hippodrome stalls at night

carpet store
carpet store in the baths of roxelana

carpet store
carpet store in the baths of roxelana

outside the spice bazaar
outside the spice bazaar

lunch at hamdi
lunch at hamdi

11 comments:

Billy said...

Tania, gostei muito de ler sobre a tua viagem mas já tenho saudades dos posts "à moda antiga". :)

Vou mandar o link do teu blog a um cliente meu, que é turco.

melissa said...

i've loved experiencing your trip through your words and pictures. thank you for sharing!

marias23 said...

wow! istanbul looks great! you're making me so very jealous of your travels :)

sonia said...

muito obrigada por partilhares as tuas fotos de viagem. nao tinha imagem da turquia, que pais lindo!

organizaste tu com pormenor a viagem ou foi via uma agencia? parece-me mais provavel a primeira e gabo-te o merito!

um destino a avaliar. aconselhas com criancas?

jinhos

V. said...

beautiful pictures! i would love to visit that country!

Sonnja said...

Beautiful pictures!
Kind regards,

Sonnja. from the Netherlands

Brikebrok said...

Conheço Istambul e acho que pelas fotos dá para dizer que tens "bom olho" !

fantasma said...

Obrigada por partilhares tudo conosco :)

life in yonder said...

These photos just confirm my wanting to visit Istanbul. Your photos are great!

Iheartfashion said...

Your photos of Turkey are fantastic! Now I definitely want to go there. How are the prices, compared to the rest of Europe?

sultanahmet said...

Beatiful pics.
Many thanks..