Saturday, August 22, 2009

Boshorus + Golden Horn Cruise & The Dolmabache Palace - Istanbul - Day 4

The 4th day of my Istanbul Adventure.
Mom and me decided to take a cruise on the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn.
So our journey began early in the morning starting at the jetty getting on a private boat.

The first monument we saw was the Suleymaniye Camii
unfortunate we didn't visit it because it was closed due to restoration.

It was a really cool yet SUNNY day.
I got sunburned by the time I got back to the hotel.
But it doesn't stop me from cam-whoring under the sun. :P

The we got a glimpsed of the Galata Tower.
It use to be an apex of the fortifications surrounding the Genoese citadel of Galata.
Now its a restaurant and cafe and the top of the tower providing a marvelous view of Istanbul and the Bosphorus.
Then we passed by the Dolmabache Palace and a few other monumental palaces.
After that we passed under the Bosphorus bridge.

We then passed the Rumeli Fortress.

And this is the view of the Bosphorus bridge from the Golden Horn.
After the cruise mom and me went to for lunch and then we visit the Dolmabache Palace and the Harem. When we got there we were just in time for the changing of the guards.

This is the Dolmabache palace gate.
The changing of the guards.
From the garden view of the Dolmabache Palace.

Unfortunately we weren't able to take any pictures inside of the palace but walking in there just makes me feel like a princess. ^^
Do click on the link above you can get a glimpse on what it looks like inside from wikipedia.

And the last picture taken by an Indian couple from London. Well the husband was taking the picture the wife was sitting with us posing in front of the exit.

Mom and me took a break on the 5th day because we were tired for 4 days non stop of sight seeing. Well up next the 6th day Istanbul - Tokapi Palace, The Bascillica Citern, The Gulhane Park and around the old city.

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