November 2- Istanbul

November 2

In the Grand Bazaar

Selen had classes today, so Roby joined us for our second day in the city.  While we woke to pouring rain, it abated around 10:00 and held with only short bursts for most of the day.

Our first stop was the Topkapi Palace, subject of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio and home, at one point, to Selim the Sot, who drowned in the bath after drinking too much champagne.  Work on the palace began in 1453, shortly after the Conquest and sultans continued to inhabit it until the 19th century.  The Palace is comprised of 4 courts; the first court was open to all, the second only to people on imperial business, the third only to the imperial family, VIP’s and palace staff while the fourth was “family quarters.”  A huge palace, we spent a couple hours poking through the buildings and enjoying the riches in the treasury.  We even found a gruesome relic in the treasures; St. John’s head and arm.

Lunch was followed by a trip to the Grand Bazaar.  This covered world is, in truth, the precursor to the modern shopping mall, with shop after shop selling everything under the sun but with particular attention paid to carpets, scarves, jewelry, instruments, shoes, leather and belly dancing costumes.  (Dan got a spectacular one!)

As we headed home, the rain began again in earnest encouraging us to choose a quiet night in and out of the cold..


4 responses to “November 2- Istanbul

  1. Hi guys,
    I added a map to your site. There is a link at the top of the site, and in the sidebar. I also added a search engine to the sidebar so people can find a particular post more easily. Let me know if you need anything else. It was great talking and seeing you!

  2. OK first the Croissants in Paris, then Roby and Family in Italy. Now you get Roby and Selen in Turkey! No fair!

    Love to all!

  3. hey lisa
    what is the yoga site. We are looking for online yoga classes.


      They are kindof inconsistant, but you can go to their site and download any class you want that they’ve done in the past. One of the things I love is that they often do the classes in a beautiful setting somewhere in the Tetons! I just download it onto my comupter and stick my computer on the floor in front of me so I can follow along and get the visual cues.

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