Thursday, April 29, 2010

OMG! Breakfast! And then the rest of the day!

OMG, our first breakfast here nearly did us in. First, consider the 360 degree views out to the sea, and back to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, and the open air terrace where one can be at leisure. Then the food, holy Constantinople! the breakfast buffet from heaven, like a biblical feast with honey on a honey comb, dried fruits ( white mulberries, figs, apricots, cherries, nuts), yogurt, cereals, egg dishes, pastries, cheeses like the best you have ever tasted, olives, sun dried tomatoes, breads, cucumbers, fresh fruits, juices, breads, teas, coffees, halvah, Turkish sweets, and so much more. We could have stayed there all day and been perfectly contenteBut that was not to be. We walked up the hill to spend several hours at the magnificent Topkapi Palace, home of a continuous string of 36 sultans stretching over hundreds of years. Here we saw jewels, relics, paintings, exquisite tile work, and views out over the city that were nothing short of breathtaking. Our guide regaled us with wonderful history and stories so that the whole day had a depth and richness we would never have imagined.After a light lunch, we wandered uphill to the Grand Bazaar, an overwhelming shopping area with hundreds of shops/booths crowded into a tight area selling rugs, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, and so much more.

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Location:Ahırkapı Sk,Istanbul Province,Turkey

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