The Spice Bazaar (or Egyptian bazaar, Misir Carsisi) is at walking distance
from our hotel. Photo to the right(by Nico) at one of the entrances. At
the bazaar lots of spices are sold indeed (photos below).
We buy some apple tea (for Eva at home) and dried fruits.
Then we go to the other side of the Golden Horn, to Beyoglu. We take
the tram from Eminönü(photo below)to Kabatas across the Galatabridge.(The
map of the ANWB-Extra guide lets the tram stop in Eminönü, but
it goes on actually! Across the bridge and more or less along the Bosphorus
First we have a look whether Dolmabahçe might be open after all (like the Yedikulefortress) but it is closed.(the next day we will visit)
Photo top: a theatre company in Istiklal Caddesi. Photo left, below: there are lots of reknown brands, like Lush (on which Eva has a crush at the moment and which we don't have in our hometown.). Photo next to it: Çiçekpassaji, a former covered flower-market, now a passageway with lots of cafés and restaurants (we bought some delightful lokum at the shop near the entrance, to eat at home)
Photo's below: the famous Pera Palas hotel where travellers that arrived on the Orient Express like Agatha Christie and lots of other celebrities( Greta Garbo, Josephine Baker, Atatürk to name a few) have been staying. The restoration works are nearly finished. (I asked when and the answer was "Tomorrow").
We had seen it often already (like from the hotelwindow in Roos' and
Eva's room) but at last up close: the Galata Tower! Built as a watchtower
for Pera (the European district) in 1348 by the Genoan inhabitants of
We climbed it (well 'climbed': most of it is by escalator). Below the movie, (Dutch)comments by Roos (on YouTube there is a second version as well)
Also some more photos taken from the Galata Tower, including explanation.
Above a couple atmospheric photos taken north of the Galata Tower. We
went back towards Istiklal Caddesi because the kids had noticed Tünel
Gedici, a street where they insisted on having dinner.
We ended up at KV. (before Istiklal Caddesi to the left there's an entrance gate)Trendy and quite expensive compared to what we are used to now. But very good food(as usual) with pretty names. Eva orders a"True Love". And nice: we order just one tiramisu for both kids(because they ate a lot already, not so much because of the price) and we get a double dose(photo below).