Incredible Istanbul

My family and I took a plane to Istanbul, and very large and popular Turkish city. This is our last stop in Turkey, ending a pleasant month spent here.

Istanbul is an incredibly large city, with millions of citizens and thousands of tourists. It’s so big that it’s split between two continents, Europe and Asia.

What a large city- and this is only a tiny part!

What a large city- and this is only a tiny part!

My family and I stayed here a week in a local neighborhood. Our apartment was trendy, but was not meant for a family of four, instead a single or a couple of people.

Our Apartment

Our Apartment

On of first day in Istanbul, we rested. But the following morning we set off to a market called the Grand Bazaar. It was very overwhelming, with many people selling carpets, scarves, pottery, tea, spices and other goods. Here we didn’t buy very much, only a couple of glass animals, and it wasn’t what I thought it would be like.

Need a scarf?

Need a scarf?

We also visited a Spice Bazaar, where my Mom and I each got a scarf on sale and my brother a soccer jersey.

We walked along a long, wide shopping street here, and I got a new shirt and a pair of new shoes. My old ones were getting tight, and I’m leaving the, here in Namibia, where hopefully they’ll used well.

Strolling On Istiklal Street

Strolling On Istiklal Street

Perhaps you’ve heard about the riots in Taksim Square. We had no problems here, but did see some evidence of it.

Smashed Window

Smashed Window

Near our apartment is a tall tower called Galata Tower. It’s one of the tallest buildings in Istanbul, with great views. It’s also the oldest tower in the world open to visitors.

It Was Huge

It Was Huge

Another day we visited a tourist site, Topkapi Palace. This palace was very beautiful, with lots of tile and glass. We also saw courtyards, royal clothes, weapons and my favorite- the jewels.

The tile was hand-painted and gorgeous!

The tile was hand-painted and gorgeous!

The stone was also beautiful!

The stone was also beautiful!

I also saw the outside of a mosque called the Hagia Sophia. It was gigantic!

My Dad took many pictures of the mosque.

My Dad took many pictures of the mosque.

My Mom and I took a fun cooking class, and we made five yummy dishes! Our kind instructor also wrote about me on the school’s Facebook page and website!

The fresh philo dough could be used as a tablecloth!

The fresh philo dough could be used as a tablecloth!

We stopped in a yummy pickle shop

We stopped in a yummy pickle shop

Another day we took a short boat tour from the Europe side to the Asian and back.

Inside

Sitting Around

On one of our last days here we visited an underground, man made room. It was built by slaves a long time ago, and had very fancy pillar and carvings and was refreshingly cool.

A Tipped-Over Head of Medusa

A Tipped-Over Head of Medusa

One afternoon I was invited to play volleyball with some local girls. I accepted and we became friends, playing daily together.

We took some photos to remember them by, and gave them a soccer (football) ball

We took some photos to remember them by, and gave them a soccer (football) ball

I also learned some of their names

I also learned some of their names

Now I’ll leave busy Istanbul and go to Namibia, Africa. Stay tuned! 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Incredible Istanbul

  1. looks like you had alot of fun in turkey.can hardly wait to experience your new cuisine-all the food you have learned to cook.glad you found some local kids to play with.wow has your hair grown.love you lots.

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