We spent the morning of our first day, Saturday, in the Grand Bazar, which was fascinating. We had lunch in a restaurant there, then walked north through the Büyük Valide Han and down to the Egyptian Market (Spice Market).
1 Nuruosmaniye Camii, a mosque near the Grand Bazar
2 Inside the Grand Bazaar, we found the most interesting carpet shop...
3 They had lovely carpets...
4 Brass goods
5 Brass musical instruments
6 Colorful scarves
7 A small cafe in the Grand Bazaar
8 Tourist in the Grand Bazaar
9 Another tourist, by a fountain
10 Street north of the Grand Bazaar
11 Ladies in the street
12 Flowers growing in an old wall
13 Entrance to the Büyük Valide Han (The Big Mother Caravanserai)
14 Inside the Büyük Valide Han, buildings of all sorts of materials
15 Büyük Valide Han, with remains of arched halls on the walls
16 Büyük Valide Han, with remains of arched halls on the walls
17 View towards the Bosphorus from the roof of the Büyük Valide Han
18 View towards the Bosphorus from the roof of the Büyük Valide Han
19 Suleimaniye Camii seen from the roof of the han
20 This tourist was going to wait downstairs, but the view was too good...
21 Suleimaniye Camii seen from the roof of the han
22 Bosphorus seen from the roof of the han
23 We met this young man and tried to communicate, but words did not work.
24 Shopping street in old Istanbul
25 Busy street in old Istanbul
26 Ooh, look at those pastries. I can taste 'em now. Wish I could really!
27 Bird and dome of Sultanahmet Camii
28 This seagull thought he owned the air -- and the roof of our hotel!