Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazaar


The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey.  This place is so big that I heard most visitors get lost in it.  On my first visit there, I kept this fact in mind and was able to retrace my steps on the way out.  I went again the next day and wasn’t so lucky, as I got completely lost and had to use another exit far away from where I started.












Grand Bazaar sweets vendor



A sweets vendor in the Grand Bazaar.  I think that might be a James Bond pose.





Blue Mosque






The Blue Mosque is one of the main attractions in Istanbul and is located in a pretty touristy, yet convenient area, and is pretty close to the Sophia church and several other sites.






Turkish food



Having some traditional Turkish food in the Sultanahmet neighborhood of Istanbul.













Hagia Sophia church


The Hagia Sophia church in Istanbul was originally dedicated in the year 360.  It was converted to a mosque from 1453 to 1931, but has been a museum since 1935.











A backstreet in Istanbul.











Roman ruins



This pictures shows how Roman ruins seem to permeate though many sections of Istanbul.










The Obelisk of Theodosius built in the 1400’s BC. and moved and re-erected in Constantinople in the 4th century A.D.











The Milion, built in the 4th century A.D., was a mile marker monument and was the point from which all distances in the Byzantine empire were measured.












Turkish tea


The tea in Turkey is usually served in a glass like this one. Feeling the heat from the glass and being able to see the color and texture, after dropping in a sugar cube, seemed to make me slow down and enjoy the experience as well as the surroundings.










I walked for hours around Istanbul one day and came upon this wholesale clothing district, which was far from any tourist area.  I realized these were all wholesale shops after trying to buy a shirt I liked that was displayed in a store window.  The store owner did sell me a shirt, however, he had to break open a large package to do so.