the trip we returned from only 40 hours ago started out in Istanbul. we arrived late afternoon and had an early dinner before crashing. the next day- the first of the "touring" days- included a whirlwind tour of the highlights of Istanbul including the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar.
a quick lunch stop was included and we returned to the hotel around 6:30 for a dinner on our own.
here are selected photos from the day of sightseeing in Istanbul:
first the Topkapi Palace-
view of the city from the palace:
souvenirs for sale outside:
the blue mosque:
the Hagia Sophia:
food- lunch, then bagel like rolls with poppy or sesame seeds:
mosaic ceiling of temple structure on Hippodrome:
detail from Egyptian obelisk on Hippodrome plaza:
on to the Grand Bazaar where you can buy ANYTHING!:
a stop for Turkish coffee:
then back to the never ending shops- here, jewelry display and gift boxes being sold:
lots of hat choices:
and finally- a view of three towers that lined up nicely as we were leaving the Topkapi Palace: