The Gran Bazar in Istanbul, with more than 3000 shops.....

The Gran Bazar in Istanbul, with more than 3000 shops.I left my "blue pocket" in one of them and the owner chased me down to return it.

Istanbul's Best Coffee Shop - Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, the phenomenal 141-year-old Turkish coffee purveyor, is located in a weather-beaten deco building just outside of Istanbul's Spice Market. Through its street-front window, thousands of brown wax-paper packets of freshly ground coffee are sold each day. The beans are roasted on the premises and then ground as finely as cake flour in belt-driven mills that chug away from morning to night.

Istanbul's Best Coffee Shop

Istanbul's Best Coffee Shop - Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, the phenomenal Turkish coffee purveyor, is located in a weather-beaten deco building just outside of Istanbul's Spice Market.

Night view at Ortaköy Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

Night view at Ortaköy Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. Near this little waterside mosque are small restaurants…a lovely place for dining al fresco.

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Row of traditional Ottoman style timber houses with protruding oriel windows from the first floor.

Baklava, Istanbul that is one tall baklava. Layers of thin pastries, honey, nuts, and something else... but usually severed in the states about 4" tall. Wow!

TURKEY - Baklava, Istanbul that is one tall baklava. Layers of thin pastries, honey, nuts, and something else. but usually severed in the states about tall.

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Istanbul is the largest city in the Middle East and contains nearly active mosques. This is a list of three of the most amazing mosques in Istanbul.

Istanbul, Turkey. Nearly made it there, but left the ship to spend more time in Mykonos with Chris. Wise choice, but I was a little sad to miss Istanbul... especially the bazaar. I love the colors and textures of handicrafts from around the world!

Istanbul is the largest city in the Middle East and contains nearly active mosques. This is a list of three of the most amazing mosques in Istanbul.

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