Na klar ist das was für mich! Krass was für Mengen, die gekocht haben 😮
Und dieses wuuuuuuunderschöne Geschirr!! Ich hab mir so sehr geschworen keines zu kaufen, aber diese Stärke schwindet jeden Tag ein wenig mehr...
We hit the road running today as so many items on the list today. First was Topkapi Palace.
The Topkapı Palace or in Ottoman Turkish is now a large museum. In the 15th century, it served as the main residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans.
Construction began in 1459, ordered by Mehmed the Conqueror, six years after the conquest of Constantinople. Topkapı was originally called the "New Palace" to distinguish it from the Old Palace in Beyazıt Square. The complex was expanded over the centuries, with major renovations after the 1509 earthquake and the 1665 fire. The palace complex consists of four main courtyards and many smaller buildings. Female members of the Sultan's family lived in the harem, and leading state officials, including the Grand Vizier, held meetings in the Imperial Council building.
After the 17th century, Topkapı gradually lost its importance. The sultans of that period preferred to spend more time in their new palaces along the Bosphorus. In 1856, Sultan Abdulmejid I decided to move the court to the newly built Dolmabahçe Palace. Topkapı retained some of its functions including the imperial treasury, library and mint.
Following the end of the Ottoman Empire in 1923, Topkapı was transformed into a museum by a government decree dated April 3, 1924. The Topkapı Palace Museum is administered by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The palace complex has hundreds of rooms and chambers, but only the most important are accessible to the public today, including the Ottoman imperial harem and the treasury. The museum collection also includes Ottoman clothing, weapons, armour, miniatures, religious relics, and illuminated manuscripts like the Topkapi manuscript. The complex is guarded by officials of the ministry as well as armed guards of the Turkish military.Read more
The Cruise on the Bosphurs next.
Bosphorus is a natural strait connecting the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. It's length is 32km north to south, the width varies between 730-3300 metres and depth is between 30-120 metres. Bosphorus strait separates the European part from the Asian part of Istanbul.
The cruise was lovely sitting in the sun relaxing taking in the incredible beautiful houses, boats and scenery. What made this even better is we won it in a general knowledge competition on the River Duchess. Lucky us smarter than we thought.Read more
Nach dem Hof der Favoritinnen verlassen wir den Harem und passieren die byzantinische Irenenkirche, die leider nicht zu besichtigen ist. An der Porta Augusta verlassen wir den Topkapi-Palast, wo sich der Brunnen Ahmeds III. (1728) befindet, und werfen schon einmal einen Blick auf unsere nächsten Ziele.
Our final evening was quiet. We had a good dinner at another neighboring restaurant & another round of drinks at the rooftop bar, enjoying the light show & snapping some pics of the Hagia Sophia.
An uneventful trip back to Canada but this time with free movies and drinks. I was a bit teary saying goodbye to Nikki in Toronto but our plan to visit in September softened the blow. After arriving in Tampa, we saw the most amazing sunset on the drive back reminding us how much we love our home.Read more
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