Walkabout in Istanbul

We did a lot of walking around (and there were like 30 in our group, so I’m sure we were quite the spectacle!), but it meant for a lot of great shots of the city.  I could babble on and on about all the things we saw, but really the best part about it was just taking in the sites of this amazingly beautiful city.  And since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll let them do the talking!  Enjoy 🙂

colorful houses

colorful houses

A view from an overpass

a view from an overpass

down the streets we go!

down the streets we go!

the obelisk at the Hippodome

The Obelisk of Thutmose III, originally erected at the Temple of Karnak in Luxor around 1490BC–Theodonsis The Great had it brought over to Istanbul in 390AD.

base of The Th Obelisk

the base of The Obelisk

The German Fountain, commemorating the visit of Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1898

The German Fountain, commemorating the visit of Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1898

In the Hippodrome--although there wasn't a chariot or horse to be seen!

in the Hippodrome–although there wasn’t a chariot or horse to be seen!

what's a trip to Istanbul without a magic carpet speech?

what’s a trip to Istanbul without a magic carpet speech?

one of my favorites, however, I wasn't interested in schlepping a big ol' rug around for 17 days!

one of my favorites, however, I wasn’t interested in schlepping a big ol’ rug around for 17 days!

One of the 3,100-ish mosques in Istanbul

one of the 3,100-ish mosques in Istanbul

A street sign on the way to the palace

a street sign on the way to the palace

An information booth

an information booth

Tulips...

tulips…

...tulips everywhere!

…tulips everywhere!

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