the Grand Bazaar, Gülhane Park, the Archeological Museum, dinner at Özler and the Sirkeci railwaystation
The second day I was ill(migraine). So Nico went to have breakfast with
the kids and they came back very enthusiastic about (a) the breakfast
and (b) the view. The photos here were made by Roos that morning, from
the (still covered) roof terrace where the breakfast was served.
In the photo to the left the Hagia
Sophia (where we were the previous day) and in the photo below the
Galatatower, across the
Golden Horn (see day 4)
More about the breakfast in the Yasmak Sultan
at day 5 (including video!) .
The Grand Bazaar
Nico goes to the Grand Bazaar with the kids.
Our hotel is situated very conveniently indeed and it is only a short
walk. Roos took the pictures of the Grand Bazaar below. The last day we
will go once more to the Grand Bazaar,
all four of us, to buy loads
have a break at the Beyazitsquare, close to the university (photo to the
right). Below some more pictures taken by Roos that morning.
they've finished they buy sesameseed buns (simit) and drinks (visne, cherry
juice)and come back to the hotel for a lunchbreak.
In the afternoon they go first lounging and reading in the park (the Gülhane
- "realm of roses" - park, former garden of the Topkapi palace)
for a while. The park is right at the end of our street.
Later Roos and Nico go to the Archeological Museum, which also has its entrance
in the park.
Photo above: tiled pavilion at the Archeological Museum. Below piece
from a wall from Babylon and details.
There are three buildings, Roos preferred the one about Babylon etc.
the evening I have recovered enough to join the family for dinner. Happily
so, because it is very nice between the cushions on the roof of Özler,
in the street behind the hotel, the IbniKemal Caddesi.
There are a lot of tourists (especially Dutch, like us, it must be in some
Dutch guidebook on Istanbul) on the roof, but the floor below is filled
with Turkish men watching soccer on television.
In Istanbul we ate well every night but the food served by Özler was
the very best of all and the most fun (lounging in the cushions).
the hotelroom television I saw later that day we were lucky that our original
plans (to go to Taksim and Beyoglu, this saturday, 1st of May, International
Workers' Day ) were off because of my illness: There was an enormous crowd
on Taksim Square because today it was the first Labour Day in 31 years that
a demonstration was allowed at Taksim Square! (more about this on YouTube
Drinking tea meanwhile has become a real ritual for Eva:
Add sugarcube after sugarcube until it is sweet enough.....
we go to buy baklava and walk on to the Sirkeci station. The railwaystation
that used to be the last stop of the famous Orient
It still has a special atmosphere -but this goes for a lot of places in
this city. The platforms look forlorn (clik the photo of the platform below
to the right to get some -spooky- life).
We wander a little further, towards the Golden Horn, to the ferries near
Endstop of the Orient Express
Dinner at Özler on the roof terrace
The Archeological Museum