My Favorite Spots In Istanbul

Istanbul Places I love to wander around by foot or by boat, and also sample amazing Turkish cuisine
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Nevizade Street, Beyoğlu, Istanbul .  Endless little bistros, trinket shops, flower stands, very lively night and day, was party central in early 20th Century post world war .

Nevizade Street, Beyoğlu, Istanbul . Endless little bistros, trinket shops, flower stands, very lively night and day, was party central in early 20th Century post world war .

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Sultan Ahmet Camii -- Built 1616 during the height of Ottoman Empire reign, it is only 1 of 2 mosques out of thousands of mosques in Turkey with 6 minarets instead of the customary 4 or 2. The dramatic inside of the mosque is lined with over 20,000 handmade İznik style ceramic tiles, made at Iznik (the ancient Nicaea) in more than fifty different tulip designs in mostly blue tints (Hence the name of the mosque in English).

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Sultan Ahmet Camii -- Built 1616 during the height of Ottoman Empire reign, it is only 1 of 2 mosques out of thousands of mosques in Turkey with 6 minarets instead of the customary 4 or 2. The dramatic inside of the mosque is lined with over 20,000 handmade İznik style ceramic tiles, made at Iznik (the ancient Nicaea) in more than fifty different tulip designs in mostly blue tints (Hence the name of the mosque in English).

Hagia Sophia Istanbul Turkey

Hagia Sophia Istanbul Turkey

The remarkable Christ Pantocrator mosaic, dome of Saint Savior in Chora Church, Kariye Muzesi, Istanbul, Turkey. The original church on this site was built in the early 5th century right at the commencement of the Eastern Roman Empire or Byzantium. The interior of this church is "to die for", pun intended. In Isty, amazingly you will find some of the most gorgeous churches in the world, there since antiquity of course.

The remarkable Christ Pantocrator mosaic, dome of Saint Savior in Chora Church, Kariye Muzesi, Istanbul, Turkey. The original church on this site was built in the early 5th century right at the commencement of the Eastern Roman Empire or Byzantium. The interior of this church is "to die for", pun intended. In Isty, amazingly you will find some of the most gorgeous churches in the world, there since antiquity of course.

The Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey .  It is not a river, it is a "waterway" linking two seas -- the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea.  8,000 years ago, it was land, and the Black Sea was a very large lake .  On the left is Europe or Avrupa, on the right is Asia or Anadolu, and the bridge obviously links the two continents, the only one that does that in the world . Make sure to take a public ferryboat ride up and down the Bosphorus.

The Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey . It is not a river, it is a "waterway" linking two seas -- the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea. 8,000 years ago, it was land, and the Black Sea was a very large lake . On the left is Europe or Avrupa, on the right is Asia or Anadolu, and the bridge obviously links the two continents, the only one that does that in the world . Make sure to take a public ferryboat ride up and down the Bosphorus.

This lovely shot of one of the two bridges over the Bosphorus in Istanbul evokes the "money shot" of The Brooklyn Bridge in NYC by Woody Allen in the remarkable cult film, "Manhattan".

This lovely shot of one of the two bridges over the Bosphorus in Istanbul evokes the "money shot" of The Brooklyn Bridge in NYC by Woody Allen in the remarkable cult film, "Manhattan".

The mesmerizing House Café in trendy Ortaköy, with the beautiful small 19th Century Ortakoy mosque  in the background .  There is now an elegant House Hotel right next door with lovely classically Ottoman-appointed rooms overlooking the Bosphorus .  The owners of the House Café and Hotels Group are a highly refined Turkish family.

The mesmerizing House Café in trendy Ortaköy, with the beautiful small 19th Century Ortakoy mosque in the background . There is now an elegant House Hotel right next door with lovely classically Ottoman-appointed rooms overlooking the Bosphorus . The owners of the House Café and Hotels Group are a highly refined Turkish family.

The Princes Islands -- One of the most peaceful places in the city, well an island outside of the city, peaceful because no cars are allowed, only horse-drawn carriages just like 500 years ago. Take the fast IDO "Seabus" ferryboat which takes about 50 minutes from Kabatas on the Marmara Sea, European side of the city.   The ferry also stops at 3 adjacent islands,  Kınalıada, Burgazada, and Heybeliada, again all car-less.

The Princes Islands -- One of the most peaceful places in the city, well an island outside of the city, peaceful because no cars are allowed, only horse-drawn carriages just like 500 years ago. Take the fast IDO "Seabus" ferryboat which takes about 50 minutes from Kabatas on the Marmara Sea, European side of the city. The ferry also stops at 3 adjacent islands, Kınalıada, Burgazada, and Heybeliada, again all car-less.

Kuzguncuk, İstanbul, yet another district which has been restored by home owners in lovely fashion .  You can catch a ferry nearby right to the ancient city, SultanAhmet District. Takes 10 minutes across the Bosphorus and Golden Horn. By car, it will take you an hour .

Kuzguncuk, İstanbul, yet another district which has been restored by home owners in lovely fashion . You can catch a ferry nearby right to the ancient city, SultanAhmet District. Takes 10 minutes across the Bosphorus and Golden Horn. By car, it will take you an hour .

A classically appointed Topkapı Palace room, with the blue tiles and the colored-glass ornate window, a life of regal splendor and informed indulgence 500 years ago in Istanbul, the capital of the Ottoman Empire.

Visiting Topkapı Palace, Istanbul

A classically appointed Topkapı Palace room, with the blue tiles and the colored-glass ornate window, a life of regal splendor and informed indulgence 500 years ago in Istanbul, the capital of the Ottoman Empire.

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