Istanbul. Summer 2012.

Jul 16, 2012

The Bosphorus Strait
I have just returned from an absolutely lovely holiday in Europe. First, a glorious six days in the city of Istanbul, soaking up every bit of culture and history I could. Following that wonderful trip was a full ten days in my favorite city, London. In this post, I am delighted to be sharing all the beautiful details of my holiday in Istanbul, one of the best trips I have ever had.
One of the most important aspects of Istanbul is the Bosphorus Strait, shown above. The strait has the most beautiful shade of blue I have ever seen. A stunning blend of turquoise and teal, the Bosphorus never loses its unique color, no matter what the weather is like in the city. Which, luckily, was perfectly sunny throughout our trip. At the end of each day, the sky, the ocean, and the hills seem to blend into one endless blanket of blue. 
Breathtaking sunset in Istanbul
Traditional Turkish deserts in a shop window
Flowers outside Dolmabahce Palace
One of the most fascinating, stunning parts of Istanbul is the Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. The structure is the epitome of architecture, made in Islamic and Late Classical Ottoman architectural style. Each dome in the mosque is incredibly, beautifully detailed, (see above). Inside, there are over 200 stained glass windows which allows natural light to seep into the mosque. 
Hundreds of tiles, each covered with intricate designs surround the interior walls of Topkapi Palace. Dappled light and shadows bring even more beauty to the palace. For approximately 400 years, the palace served as the residence for the Ottoman Sultans. The enormous structure, sprawled across multiple courtyards and buildings, was one of my favorite tourist spots in Istanbul. 
A close up of the tiles in Topkapi Palace
My absolute favorite tourist destination in Istanbul is Dolmabahce Palace. In addition, it is the most flamboyant, ornate palaces in the world. Every single part of the interior building is incredibly lavish, with opulence in every carpet, chandelier, and stained glass window. Unfortunately, photography was not permitted inside the beautifully ostentatious piece of architecture, so the only photographs I could take were of the exterior of the palace. 
A gate at Dolmabahce Palace, overlooking the Bosphorus

Istanbul is one of the most gorgeous cities in Europe, and the entire holiday was an incredible experience. The city is absolutely breathtaking, filled to the brim with history, culture, and natural beauty. Hopefully, after such an amazing visit to the city, I can return once again in the future.

-M

41 comments

  1. beautiful pics, so captivating!

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  2. Love these pictures! The art and architecture is gorgeous.

    Amy


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  3. Great pictures.
    I wonder if you would like to follow each other:)

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    Lala

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  4. WOW! These photos are amazing, I would love to visit Turkey someday!

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  5. Super Super cute pics!

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  6. Thank you for visiting my blog :) You have a great blog...love the photos!

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  7. Wow seriously amazing photos, I've always wanted to see Istanbul and your photos have totally got me moving things around to make it happen! Amazing!

    Thanks for visiting my blog doll, you blog rocks! Have a lovely day!
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  8. Your pics are beautiful! I'm going to Europe in October + was contemplating visiting Istanbul, but now I think I should definitely go- what a stunning city! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog :) xx

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  9. Oh my goshh this vacation looks amazing! from 4 seasons to turkish delight :)

    Happy Tuesday xxox

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  10. Nice pictures. you are looking so gorgeous:) can we follow each other?

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  11. Such a great place!I've been there 2 years ago and I miss it!!!

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    Anastasia

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  12. Thank you for visiting my blog,I am following you on gfc and bloglovin as well:)

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  13. Fantastic photos, you've made me bump Istanbul up my travel list. I look forward to seeing your London photos.

    Doll on fashion

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  14. these are gorgeous photos, meera. i'd love to visit one day. thanks for sharing these wonderful pics!! have a great rest of the week!
    kisses,
    jasmine
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  15. One day I want to travel there! It looks (and sounds) amazing :)

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  16. These pics are so serene !!

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  17. I love these photos!!!^^

    xoxo

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  18. I would love to take photos here one day. Gorgeous city!

    xo Jo

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  19. I HAVE BEEN THERE!!! NOT to the 4 seasons hotel tho...lol. Great photos..remind me of Istanbul so much. Love your blog:)

    Cheers:)

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  20. Great post & so cute blog!!! Amazing photo!!!
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  21. I have travel envy!! Love the scenery- thank you for sharing!!

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  22. What a fabulous experience, these pictures are so breathtaking and Istanbul sounds like the coolest place ever! :)
    Stop by and check out my new Paris post if you've got a second!
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  23. Such a gorgeous post! loved the pictures..thanks for your sweet words
    keep visiting :)

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  24. Amazing pics!!! I love Istanbul!!

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    xoxo

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  25. Amazing pics!!! I love Istanbul!!

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    xoxo

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  26. thanks for stopping by, happy to follow you back! xx

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  27. GORGEOUS photos! lucky girl xoxo

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  28. just follow you on GFC and bloglovin"

    I couldn't resist;)

    Cheers:)

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  29. beautiful shots!

    xx
    jess
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  30. Amazing photos! Lovely blog <3

    xx

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  31. Such pretty photos! I hope you had a blast!!!

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend!
    xx
    holly foxen wells
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  32. Absolutely gorgeous pics!! Love your blog. Following you and would love it if you'd like to follow back:)

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  33. these are such great photos and it looks like you had loads of fun! i would love to visit istanbul one day!

    xoxo
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  34. Instanbul is my favorite place I've ever visited! The culture is so interesting and it's SO gorgeous! I just found your blog today and it's so great ~ now following you!

    ~Jacy

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