Istanbul – City by the Water Part 1

I love love love to take a ferry and cross the Bosporus to the Asian Side. Glide up the Golden Horn, take a trip to the Princess Islands or all the way up to the Black Sea. Sipping a glass of tea and watch the world go by. Ships, Yachts, Ferries, Boats, Cruise ships and what not are on the water and it is never dull to watch!

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Istanbul 2013

Istanbul 2013

Istanbul 2013

Istanbul 2013

Istanbul 2013

Istanbul 2013

Istanbul 2013

Istanbul 2013

Istanbul 2013

Istanbul 2013

Istanbul 2013

A few Pictures from Yeni Camii or The New Mosque

Next stop was the New Mosque or how it is called here: Yeni Camii. Not sure why they call the Blue Mosque blue but this one is very blue as well. And way less tourists at all times.
But first one has to walk there – or take the tram that goes down there as well.

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Istanbul 2013
The famous Hagia Sophia – now a museum

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Istanbul 2013

Istanbul 2013
Someone is not to happy about the EU

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Some pickled vegetables at the fish stand next to the bridge

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The Yeni Camii from the other side of the street

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Istanbul 2013

Istanbul 2013

Istanbul 2013

Istanbul 2013

A visit to the Sultanahmet Mosque or Blue Mosque in Istanbul

The Sultanahmet Mosque is the one where all the tourists go. And it is worth it – but than do not miss and visit the other big ones as well. The Sultanahmet Mosque or Blue Mosque is very impressive from the outside and great from the inside. Built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I it is still used as a mosque – that became one of the biggest tourist attractions of Istanbul. But the other big ones are much quieter so you should go there too for the vibe!

Istanbul 2013

Istanbul 2013

Istanbul 2013

Istanbul 2013

Istanbul 2013

Istanbul 2013

Istanbul 2013
Did pick the worst time of the day – on a friday on top of that. Right after the midday prayer – the longest line of visitors in the week!

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Guess it is from the good old time and than they could not do better but all that wires really do spoil the view up

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Istanbul 2013

Istanbul 2013
The whole room is high but with the low lights it feels like you are pressed down – somehow…

Istanbul 2013

Istanbul 2013

Istanbul 2013
The exit towards the Hagia Sophia