Istanbul, A Real Turkish Delight (part 2)

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) DRE# 00949880

Topkapi Palace

This palace is located almost perfectly with a view of the Golden Horn (river), the Bosphorus Strait and the Sea of Marmara.  It was built between 1451 and 1481, after the conquest of Constantinople and it covers 7,000 square meters.  It was the head of the Ottoman Empire for over 4 centuries.  It has been turned into a museum and they have rules against taking pictures inside many of the palace buildings, but we still were able to get enough pictures to give a flavor of the palace.  How do you like the size of this kitchen? The building was huge!

The kitchen of Topkapi Palace  the kitchen of Topkapi Palace

We were able to take some pictures of the ancillary buildings.

Topkapi Palace  Topkapi Palace  Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace

And remember that view I was telling you about.

View of the Golden Horn

There were a lot of beautiful and, I imagine, priceless artifacts to view.  The most memorable was the single, largest diamond that I have ever viewed, the Spoonmaker's Diamond.  It is 86 carats!  The Topkapi Dagger was also amazing.

YouTube Short of Topkapi Palace.

The Egyptian Spice Bazaar

We are not much into shopping so we did not visit the Grand Bazaar with the rest of the group.  Okay, maybe we were just too tired, but we did visit the Egyptian Spice Bazaar the next day.  You know I love to eat, so this is the kind of shopping I just can't miss.  I have no idea why, but it took a full 67 years to complete (1597-1664). 

There were shops for just about everything, Spices, teas, Turkish Delights, soaps, jewelry and so much more.  And I loved the salesman that invited us into each shop.  We were given samples of teas and too many Turkish Delights!  We didn't even need lunch that day.  😃  I may have left the bazaar with a lifetime supply of tea. 

Egyptian Spice Bazaar  Spices in Egyptian Spice Bazaar  Spices and Turkish Delights purchased at the Egyptian Spice Bazaar

YouTube Short of the Egyptian Spice Bazaar.

Bosphorus Strait Cruise

We spent our last afternoon on a cruise along the Strait of Bosphorus.  It separates Istanbul and the continents of Europe and Asia.  The whole cruise was wonderful and there were a lot of beautiful sights along the way including, many mosques, Topkapi Palace, an Ottoman Fortress, Maiden's Tower, the Bosphorus Bridge and so much more.

YouTube Short of the Bosphorus Strait and the Bosphorus Bridge.

The Bosphorus Stait

The Bosphorus Stait

The Bosphorus Strait

As you can tell from our happy faces, it was a very good day!

Ray and Mary Margaret Henson

Other Adventures in Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey (Part One)
Adventures in Turkey (Part 3)
Adventures in Turkey (Part 4)

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Comments (51)

Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Good morning, Endre Barath, Jr. Thank you for your expert marketing input.  😃

Aug 20, 2023 06:25 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

We sure have learned a lot these past couple of years traveling first to Israel and then to Turkey, Michael Jacobs.  It is ironic that I really did not want to start the journey in the first place.  Israel was my wife's bucket list item.  Our guide has plans to go to Egypt and Greece over the next couple of years, so those two may be next.  He is going to Jordan this year which I would love to do, but the trip is in conjunction with the same trip that we took in Israel.  I wonder if we could cajole him into adding Jordan to our Egypt trip.  He is an amazing guide and teacher. 

Aug 20, 2023 06:30 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Ray, Your Istanbul photos are truly captivating, and it's heartening to hear about your fantastic time there; I'm eagerly looking forward to joining you on the next leg of your journey in Part 3!

Aug 20, 2023 07:32 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Wow what an amazing place to visit, and you'd need a lot more time to see it all.  So much history!

Aug 21, 2023 06:58 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Ray, it was interesting to read your post and to learn about what impressed you in Turkey. It a country is on my list to visit one of these years. I will look for that Egyptian Spice Bazaar - it seemed very entertaining, and something that I will enjoy. 

Aug 22, 2023 06:56 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Awesome photos of the beautiful architecture in Turkey plus the Spice Bazaar looks like the kind of place to shop, Ray, thank you for sharing. That diamond sounds huge and is well guarded, I'm sure!

Aug 23, 2023 11:31 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you, Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 !  Part 3 is coming soon, but not too soon! 😉

Aug 24, 2023 07:53 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

It would be fun to visit far away places for at least a month, Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089.  Maybe one day. 😃

Aug 24, 2023 07:55 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I really enjoyed the Bazaar, Steffy Hristova and I have a lot of treats in my kitchen to bring back all those memories.  I do hope you get to go.  I think you will enjoy it!

Aug 24, 2023 07:56 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

As much as I liked viewing the diamond, I actually think the daggers were even more beautiful, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, but, then again, I am a guy.  🤣

Aug 24, 2023 07:57 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

As much as I love visiting western European capitals like Paris and London, the best trip I think I ever have taken was to Istanbul.  The food was so so good. 

Aug 25, 2023 07:07 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

We really enjoyed the food as well, Lise Howe.  My wife has made it to London and Paris, but I have not.  She promises to take me one day.  😃

Aug 28, 2023 12:44 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh, I love this post, Ray! Absolutely stunning photos - I can totally see why you and Mary Margaret are smiling! BTW, where is the kitchen photo? Did I miss that?!

As for the spice market - oh my gosh, that is my weakness and where I would visit too. And, as I used to tell my diet clients, most spices are free of calories so, you can spice the simplest of meats, seafood and veggies up and it costs you nothing on the scales!! Perhaps that's the reason I love spices so much! LOL

Aug 31, 2023 07:41 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you, Debe Maxwell, CRS!

I was not too clear on the kitchen photos.  They would not let us take interior pictures there, so I took pictures of the outside of them.  They are the first two pictures under the Topkapi Palace heading. Look at all those chimneys!  They had to feed thousands every day.

We have been enjoying our spices.  MM told me that I have to cook more if I am going to continue to buy cookbooks and spices.  I have been cooking more, but still able to stay on the diet.  I think I love spices for the same reason you do!  😀

Aug 31, 2023 02:54 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Ray:

You certainly have some wonderful memories from your trip that you will enjoy for years to come. Thank you for taking us along on your trip!


Aug 31, 2023 08:06 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

It was a wonderful trip, Jeff Dowler, CRS.  With my memory, I have to write everything down or it will just fade away. 😉

Sep 01, 2023 04:41 PM
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Lovely pictures

Sep 11, 2023 11:09 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you very much, Ricardo Mello!

Sep 13, 2023 05:58 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ray Henson and Mary Margaret - you are living the dream! Keep dreaming about new adventures and treasure the memories you are making together on these journeys to exotic places in this world! Your blog post and photos are very inspiring!!

I am very happy for the two of you!

Sep 19, 2023 03:54 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

We are lucky, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP.  Thank you!

Sep 19, 2023 06:44 AM