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.