Visiting the mosques of Istanbul

When you think of Istanbul the first image that comes to mind is probably that of Hagia Sophia. The Mosque that once was a Church, the Church that became a Mosque, and the Mosque that became a Museum to be turned back into Mosque. Yet I doubt anyone really goes to Hagia Sophia for prayer. … Continue reading Visiting the mosques of Istanbul

A cruise on the Bosphorus & visiting the Dolmabahçe Palace

If you have more time in Istanbul, one of the things I definitely recommend is a cruise on the Bosphorus. I indulged in a small group yacht cruise that included some drinks and snacks, information about the places we were cruising by and took us to the Asian side of Istanbul. I used Velena Cruises … Continue reading A cruise on the Bosphorus & visiting the Dolmabahçe Palace

Topkapi Palace & the Harem, the residence of Ottoman Sultans

Main entrance to the Topkapi Palace If there is something you should not skip in your visit to Istanbul, is the Topkapi Palace complex. This was the residence of lustful sultans, courtiers, concubines and eunuchs - all living and working within the complex between the 15th and 19th centuries. Mehmet the Conqueror started to build … Continue reading Topkapi Palace & the Harem, the residence of Ottoman Sultans