Topkapi Palace Museum (Day 4)

It shares space with the Istanbul Archaeological Museum (see previous post). Whenever I see a wall like the one below, I know I’m about to be immersed in some ancient story and this was no exception. It houses some impressive imperial collections from the era of the Ottoman sultans. During … Continue reading “Topkapi Palace Museum (Day 4)”

Istanbul Archaeological Museum (Day 4)

One cannot possibly ignore the Medusa Medallion that sits in the Larissa section which is dimly lit. Flash photography is forbidden. Measuring 102cm, Medusa’s head is slightly turned to the left, her eyes looking in the same direction with her full cheeks and childish face that makes it look like she’s smiling. Some reddish pigments can be seen in the hair with traces of black in the eyes. . .

Grand Bazaar & Spice Bazaar (Day 2)

Having had no plans for Istanbul, I decided to try some touristy spots. After a typical Turkish breakfast, which was delicious, I went to chat up the receptionist who gave me a map and sent me on my merry way. Ali, a very nice gentleman, was headed in the same … Continue reading “Grand Bazaar & Spice Bazaar (Day 2)”