Friday, 15 May 2015

Travel:Istanbul Part 3

Before we leave for a little getaway over the weekend starting tomorrow,here is the 3rd part of our Istanbul trip last month.


Basilica Cistern

The largest underground cistern beneath of Istanbul,not far from Hagia Sophia.On two bases of pillars in the cistern are the visage of the popular myth,Medusa.


The Visage of one of Medusa's heads



Bosphorus Boat Tour

One must take the boat tour cruising the Bosphorus river in Istanbul.From the boat,we can see the both part of Asian and European Istanbul,and by boat we could also go to the Emirgan Park to see the endless tulips everywhere in the park as it was also the Tulip Festival for the entire month of April.We were lucky!

The hot chai/tea is a must whenever one is in Istanbul.Another good hot tea is apple tea.Please try!

On the boat enjoying the magnificent view of Istanbul,breathtaking!

The bridge that connects the European and Asian sides of Istanbul.Unique,no?A city that lies on 2 different continents



Emirgan Tulips Park by the Bosphorus

As mentioned before,we were pretty much lucky because when we were there,it was the peak season of tulip.Tulips were planted everywhere in the city and for that matter,several parks in the city were also cherished with many of them and one of them is Emirgan Park,can be accessed by boat and the entrance was for free.We spent the entire evening in the park enjoying one of our best moments in Istanbul.

Forget Keukenhof because we enjoyed the tulips here a lot better :P


One of the precious wefies because we can count just how many wefies we have with each other these days :P

The endless tulips in Emirgan Park



Topkapi Palace

It served as the residence palace for sultans during the Ottoman empire,and today it is a UNESCO world heritage that serves as a museum and another must visit place in Istanbul.It is also the home of some Islamic holy relics of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W like his sword and cloak.However,as it is one of the main attractions in Istanbul other than Hagia Sophia,one is recommended to buy ticket online to avoid long queue.

The Palace compound

The Palace entrance

From Topkapi Palace,overlooking the scenic Bosphorus River



Sunday, 10 May 2015

Istanbul part 2

There are actually a lot of places to visit in Istanbul.But somehow,traveling with a baby is not an easy thing.There are just many things to consider.Anyway,I'd say,we expored Istanbul a lot.And knowing my husband,we walked a lot too while being there.In my opinion,one can explore the beauty and hidden gems of a place the best by foot.


Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar

Grand Bazaar is another place that one must visit while being in Istanbul.It has been operated since hundred of years and if I'm not mistaken it is the biggest
covered market in the world.There are just so so many things sold here from textiles,glass lamps,lanterns to many kinds of herbs and spices.

Anyhow,our visit here was more to see the turkish culture of merchandising,as I heard that Grand Bazaar is actually not really a perfect place to buy souvenir as the sellers here tend to mark up price,whereas one can get cheaper price at any other place.

However,we bought some types of tea in Spice Bazaar as the price offered there was reasonable enough for us and in fact,I didn't buy much,because I didn't have idea what I shall do with the spices and herbs at home :P

 From inside Grand Bazaar





Suleymaniye Mosque/Sulaiman Mosque

Istanbul is full of mosques everywhere.I've never been to a city full of them actually,and Istanbul is one of a kind.Another famous mosque other than Blue Mosque is this one,located not far from Eminonu,and it is overlooking the Bosphorus River.

Alhamdulillah,I got chance to perform prayers here and after that we took a moment to enjoy a very beautiful scenery of Bosphorus from the mosque compound.



 The scenery of Bosphorus from the compound of the mosque



Eminonu

From Suleymaniye Mosque,we walked some more to Eminonu.People here do a lot of activities ranging from business to leasure.The spice bazaar is also not far from here.We walked along the Bosphorus river and stumbled upon few boats selling the famous grilled mackarel sandwich which is recommended by many tourists coming to Istanbul.The sandwich is grilled and sold directly from the boat not far from Galata Bridge.


 The Boat selling the sandwich

 Balik Ekmek,the grilled mackarel sandwich



Taksim Square

This is the shopping district,more like urban shopping center for young people.This was our last destination of the second day and had our dinner before returning back to the hotel.


Friday, 8 May 2015

Greenery

It's a great opportunity to be living in a country where nature is nicely preserved,especially when the spring comes and all the green leaves are out.

Today we decided to have a stroll in the forest while doing a little photoshoot with the green of the forest as the background.

People say,when you have a bad eyesight,always look at green like leaves and trees to help healing.Doesn't matter whether it's true or not,but looking at the greenery really freshened up my day :)

Till then.