Don’t look her in the eye, or you’ll turn into stone! The upside down face of Medusa at the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul, Turkey is one of the things to see at the popular ancient underground structure. Made more famous by Dan Brown’s novel the Inferno.
Spices. Roman ruins. Cave dwellings. Ancient structures. Water views.
Those writings on the plaque, I’m guessing, are written in Ottoman Turkish alphabet. I don’t know what they say. It can be surmised, it has something to do with shopping. After all, it’s located at one of the gates at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey!
Fernweh (noun): German word for a strong longing to be away, to be somewhere. I have always enjoyed traveling. Back in my younger years (in my 20’s ☺️), I had looked forward to annual trips with my friends and co-workers. Those were so much fun. Back then, I looked forward to our trips, but I … More Afflicted by Fernweh; the Places I Long To See
Minaret (of the Blue Mosque) in Istanbul, Turkey The minaret in every mosque symbolizes call to prayer. Mosques are everywhere in Turkey. It’s so easy to spot them because their minarets stand out, most of the time dominating the landscape or skyscape.
Viv•id /vivid/ adjective; synonym: colorful These vivid Turkish candies at the Egyptian Bazaar a.k.a Spice Bazaar in Eminönü are a visual treat tempting kids and adults alike for a bite.
This is my favorite picture of Istanbul’s New Mosque. It is one of Istanbul’s famous architectural attractions. It’s so vivid in my mind, that when I think of New Mosque this picture pops up. I took this while aboard a ferry heading to Kadikoy.
Aboard a ferry approaching Eminönü Pier in Istanbul, Turkey, on my way to the Spice Bazaar, I simply had to take a picture of the Yeni Cami or New Mosque. It dominates the scene at Eminönü Pier despite of the rush hour crowd. The humongous structure is one of Istanbul’s famous architectural landmarks.
Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey was the residence of the Ottoman sultans for about 400 years. It is no wonder that when visitors step in the rooms of the palace they are greeted with intricate details everywhere. Visitors are allowed to take pictures in some rooms, but not in others. The Council Chamber … More Intricacies of Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
No fee things to do in places I visited. We did not visit many free places in Istanbul, but the few that we went to, gave us a glimpse of periods of history of Turkey. One is Rustem Pasha Mosque. Rustem Pasha Mosque is the Spice Bazaar’s neighbor. One could see the stores from its … More Free Friday: Visit Europe’s Best Ancient Mosque in Istanbul (10 Photos)