Hello again! This will be the first week in quite some there will be five new pots on Sparkles & Shoes but I am loving getting back into the grove. Today I am taking a mid-week break from my holiday gift guides for a travel post. When I was organizing my photos this weekend I realized just how many adventures I have yet to share with you all and despite everything that has happened this year, I have now been to 11 countries in 2022!
Instead of going in chronological order I decided to share more about my most recent adventure – our long weekend in Istanbul, Turkey. As I mentioned in my October travel recap we went to the seaside city for a wedding but in the days before and after were able to take in quite a few of the sites. From the TripAdvisor suggestions of sites to visit we did two, three, five, six, nine, and ten – not too shabby! Here are my Istanbul highlights:
Mark taking in the view of of Eminönü and the Istanbul Old City
Turkish pottery at one of the hundreds of stalls in the Spice Bazaar
The Dolmabahçe Palace, the domed sultan’s residence on the River Danube
Worshipers in daily prayer inside the Suleymaniye Mosque
Turkish carpets for sale in the Grand Baazar
The Solumaine Mosque at night
Galata Tower, the 5th century tower and former prison, in the Beyoğlu District
The Main Hall of the Spice Bazaar
A rainbow array of spices in the Bazaar
The Hagia Sofia Mosque from Sultanahmet Park
Inside the grand Hagia Sofia Mosque
The amount of cats in Istanbul was amazing, this one was just lounging in a coffee shop!
The royal bedroom in the Harem at Toppaki Palace
One of the famous red tram on Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue)
Which is your favorite shot from these Istanbul Highlights?