GRAND BAZAAR - Istanbul this is the Bazaar the The Tea Party song "The Bazaar" is referring to, one of my favorite songs!

Istanbul, Turkey + GRAND BAZAAR - Istanbul this is the Bazaar the The Tea Party song "The Bazaar" is referring to, one of my favorite songs!

French Street in Istanbul

If New York has Chinatown and Little Italy, then Istanbul has "French Street" full with tented buildings, street musicians, cafés, bars and art centers. Photo by Aniarenia

Istiklal Avenue (Istanbul, Turkey). 'In İstanbul, you can board a commuter ferry to flit between continents and be rewarded at sunset with the city’s most magical sight, when the tapering minarets of the Old City are thrown into relief against a dusky pink sky. Elsewhere, history resonates with profound force amid the Ottoman and Byzantine glories of the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya and Topkapı Palace.'  http://www.lonelyplanet.com/turkey/istanbul

Istiklal Avenue, Istanbul, Turkey - Check out the Blue Mosque, it is absolutely gorgeous!

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey > Stunning plus added feet smell when inside on a rainy day :)

(Sultan Ahmet Camii) This is the Sultan Ahmet Mosque in Istanbul. It is also known as the Blue Mosque because of its blue tiles. It was built in 1609 by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmet I as the Islamic response to Hagia Sofia.

Dolmabahce Palace . Istanbul

Dolmabahce Palace, fountain inside the garden. Though Classically-inspired as far as the facade goes;

Gate of Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul, Turkey

Gate In The Garden Of Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul, Turkey Royalty Free Stock Photo, Pictures, Images And Stock Photography.

The Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi in Turkish) — called Christea Turris (the Tower of Christ in Latin) by the Genoese — is a medieval stone tower in the Galata district of Istanbul, Turkey, just to the north of the Golden Horn. One of the city's most striking landmarks, it is a high, cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline and affords a panoramic vista of Old Istanbul and its environs.

Istanbul Galata tower Medieval stone tower previously called flower of Christ

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An entry from Spires and Gargoyles

Balat, Istanbul  Once Istanbul’s old Jewish quarter, Balat has attracted a more diverse range of residents over time. Yet the architecture takes you back to a lost era; it’s easy to spend a few hours wandering, preferably with camera in hand, to capture the dilapidated yellow and pink buildings adorned by billowing red or green curtains, all sparkling against the cerulean sky.

The World’s Most Colorful Cities

wandering, preferably with camera in hand, to capture the dilapidated yellow and pink buildings adorned by billowing red or green curtains, all sparkling against the cerulean sky.

There is no sure way, these days, to beat the lines at Hagia Sophia, the exquisite mosque turned museum in the old City.

Istanbul's Galleries, Shops, Restaurants and Hot Spots

Hagia Sophia, mosque turned museum in old City of Photos: Istanbul's Galleries, Shops, Restaurants and Hot Spots: City of Senses : Condé Nast Traveler

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey

One of the greatest Empire ruled Ottomans from this modest palace which doesn't look up its people from above.

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