From the Outside In - the Dolmabahce Palace
|The exterior of the Domabahce Palace with Thursday's snow still on the ground|
From the elaborate ornamentation on the massive gates outside of the palace to the gold plated ornamentation and giant crystal chandeliers inside the palace to the beautifully designed grounds, the complex is a tribute to the lavish riches controlled by the Ottoman empire in the 19th century.
The interior of the palace can only be seen on a guided tour that, even in the winter will be crowded and that takes around two hours to complete. Even once inside the palace I was left with the distinct impression that a mere glimpse of half visible royal rooms through roped-off doors was the closest encounter with this lavish life-style I will ever taste.
From the Inside Out: the Narrow Streets of Old Istanbul
|shop lined steps|
unmentionables. Our ins and outs took us down shop-lined staircases and streets too narrow for cars until, at the bottom of the hill, we emerged from the maze and found ourselves next to the spice bazaar.
All of the main shopping districts in Istanbul are hopelessly congested with tourists from all over the world and the Spice Bazaar is no exception. The market is exactly as advertised: stalls containing beautiful stacks of Turkish delight, spices, teas, and other knick-knacks line the T-shaped structure.
|Inside the spice Bazaar|