Day 3–Istanbul

Today we gave our feet a rest and took a cruise up the Bosphorus Strait to the Black Sea.

The Dolmabahce Palace was built in the 19th century by an Ottoman sultan.

DSC03998 Dolmabahce Palace

The Ortakoy Mosque and the Bosphorus Bridge.

DSC04003 Ortakoy MosqueDSC04009 2

The Rumeli Fortress was built in 80 days before the conquest of Constantinople in 1453.

DSC04021 Rumeli Fortress

A mosque in a pretty setting and the mouth of the Black Sea.

DSC04029DSC04028 The Black Sea

We stopped just short of the Black Sea at a tiny village named Anadolu Kavagi.  It has 5 shops, a bakery, a sweets shop, a bus stop and at least 30 restaurants for the tourists who take this cruise!

DSC04030 Yoros CastleDSC04033 Anadolu Kavagi

Before lunch we climbed up to Yoros Castle where the views were spectacular.  The guide book says this hike is moderately strenuous but I beg to differ about the moderate part.

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Yes, this dog’s home is his castle.


After a panini type sandwich and a rest we cruised back to the city.  Here are a few of the beautiful homes we passed.  It’s fun to see the different styles of architecture.


And last but not least……..

DSC04053  mmmmm…..…fish heads for dinner!


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Gracia's Travels is a photo blog. I always take too many pictures on trips so I justify my compulsion with this blog! The blog is mostly photos - they tell the best part of the story. Please contact me if you would like to use any of my photos.
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2 Responses to Day 3–Istanbul

  1. Patricia Kach says:

    Thanks for sharing Gracia,
    Have so enjoyed traveling around Istanbul with you via my Mac and look forward to some more captivating photography. Being a cat fancier, I also enjoy the postscripts. Patricia

  2. Bob Forgrave says:

    Built in 80 days and lasts half a millenium. That’s quite a feat!

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