Favorite thing: A crispy winter air was lighted by rare in those days sunshine, sun rays played on a white snow and glossy windows splashing blinding sparks all around, "not a bad day for a walk" I thought and we headed to Bosphorus, one of my favourite places to be in Istanbul.... live is always buzzing near big water.... ships slowly move back and forth, fishermen wait for the luck, seaguls cry and suddenly dive for fish breaking their soar...
Visit Dolmabahche Sarai. For me this is a real palace from Sheherazada's tales of '1001 nights'. It's so huge and has so many rooms and halls, all splendid and different from each other that I spent a whole day there. All presents made of marble, gold, silver, abanos and cristal and offered to the Turkish Sultans from visitors from all over the world are well preserved.
Fondest memory: The boat trip on the Bosphorus and the walks by night.
Even it's not famous like the topkapi, i think it is the most beutifull.
From the exploreTurkey site:
'The site of the present-day palace was, at the beginning of the 17th century, a busy bay in which the Admiralty maintained ships of war, and organized festivities to mark the departure of war expeditions. Under the sultanate of Ahmet the First, the area was filled with earth from a nearby hill to become a picnic ground reserved for the sultans. The name ‘Dolmabah?e’ stems from this land fill. “Dolma” means ‘filled’ in Turkish, and ‘bah?e’ , ‘garden’, therefore ‘Filled Garden’ palace. During, this period the shore area was decorated with summer palaces, mansions, and villas.'
Favorite thing: Visit the Dolmabahce Palace. Unlike the Topkapi Palace, this one was built in European style.
You should definitely visit this stylish palace..
It is very close to Taksim,just next to Inonu Stadium around Besiktas..
I miss Lahmacun... I miss the crowd.....I miss the sunset.....Istanbul, the most beautiful city in the world!!