Sunday, February 9, 2014


On one of our cruises we visited the beautiful and incredible city of Istanbul. One of the cities I would love to visit again. I have a few photo’s from  our far too short visit.
There is this giant Grand Bazaar with its heart in the old town. It has 4000 (yes) shops under one roof and 65 alleys connecting all of them in a disorienting conglomeration where you easily can get lost. It is a small city into itself, a giant puzzle.
There  are almost 3000 mosks and the skyline of Istanbul is punctuated by their minarets, large and small.
I will tell more about our trip another time.
Sailing on the Bosphorus also known as the Istanbul Strait. Looking at Istanbul.

Hundreds of different spices in the Grand bazaar. That smell was unbelievable  and doesn’t the look of it make you want to buy  just anything.

Grand Bazar

Grand bazaar where you can buy just about anything.



Minarets everywhere.

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I am linking this post to Mosaic Monday:

Thank you to the hosts.


Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Very interesting images. That market sounds like a fun place to be.

Home and Lifestyle said...

Het schijnt een bijzonder stad te zijn, zelf ben ik er nog nooit geweest. Het feit dat jij er nog graag een keer naar terug wil, geeft wel aan dat het de moeite zeker waard is.

Een fijne week, Riet! Lieve groet, Ingrid

klaproos said...

prachtig lieve riet wat een heerlijk genieten is dat toch:-)

"Création" said...

Prachtig deze foto serie lieve Rietje, inderdaad een plek waarvan
ik me goed kan voorstellen dat je
er weer eens naar toe wil.

Die gigantische bazaars, mmmm
HEERLIJK al die kruiden.
En een plek waar werkelijk alles
te koop is, volgens mij kan je
daar wel een aantal dagen rondstruinen.

Geniet van een fijne week lieverd,

Veel liefs,

Pamela Gordon said...

Riet, these photos really capture the city of Istanbul and it's beauty. The grand market must have been amazing to see. I hope you have a good week. Pamela

eileeninmd said...

I would like to get lost in the marketplace there. What fun! The mosques look beautiful. Wonderful photos from your cruise. Riet, wishing you a happy week !

Jolanda said...

Wij vonden Istanbul ook fantastisch. Ee paar jaar geleden zijn we er een aantal dagen geweest en we hebben genoten van al het moois dat er te zien is en de gezellige sfeer. Wij willen ook graag nog eens terug. Leuk om je foto's te zien, fijne week en lieve groet

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

When I think of Istanbul iI think of old world and lots of items we would not see here in the markets. It must have been a wonderful trip. Valerie

Anonymous said...

Mooie serie, Riet. Dat moet echt een prachtige stad zijn waar je niet snel uitgekeken raakt.

Lynne said...

Travel is so wonderful isn't it. One can learn about others and their cultures plus enrich ones self.

I love hearing about your travels and seeing your glorious photographs.

Christine said...

Daar zou ik zo naar mee willen Rietje, wat een giga bazaar.
Met mijn Communie moesten wij een liedje zingen samen
( wij deden de communie klassikaal toen in begin jaren 70 ergens), en zongen het liedje van Ali en Abdula die naar de Bosporus gingen met een autootje.
Vergeet dat never.
Mooie foto' s, om bij weg te dromen in 1001 nacht.
Knuffels en een fijne week Rietje, Chrissie

biebkriebels said...

Leuke foto's, het is al zo lang geleden dat ik daar ben geweest, moet 1971 of zo zijn geweest. Het maakte wel indruk toen zo'n andere wereld, was mijn eerste "verre" reis, zijn toen ook naar Oost-Turkije geweest.

Lina Gustina said...

Your photos make me hoping to visit Istanbul one day.

Willy said...

Prachtige foto's. Heerlijk uitstapje op de maandagmorgen, ik heb genoten!
Lieve groet,

SmilingSally said...

That is bazzar is so full of tempting things to buy.

Thanks for linking in today.

Happy Blue Monday, Riet.

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Beautiful pics! I would be definitely digging into those spices!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Riet!
I would love to visit Istsnbul and visit the Grand Spice Bazaar! I love Turkish food. Happy Blue Monday --happy week!

LindyLou Mac said...

Lovely photos, David and I spent a week in Istanbul in 2012 and it was not long enough!

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful photos of your trip to Istanbul ~ exciting ~ thanks,

carol and artmusedog

Laura said...

Looks like a wonderful trip Riet… so many beautiful colors!

Ileana said...

Hope i'll visit Istambul ,one day! Lovely photos! Have a nice week!

Photo Cache said...

thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures of istanbul and the grand bazaar. i hope someday i get to visit.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful and amazing experience. I bet I would get totally lost in the bazaar, as I have no sense of direction. I wonder if the ship would wait for me ;>)? (Seriously, I would never try to visit it alone. But I would love to go to this beautiful and exotic city!)

Gillena Cox said...

Thanks for sharing, have a nice Tuesday

much love...

Linda said...

Beautiful photos.

Anonymous said...

You certainly do make this city look inviting. I love the shot of all the spices.

June said...

Oh how beautiful Istanbul is dear Riet! It looks grand from the ship sitting there on the hill. Your photos of it are so beautiful my dear. I can see why you would want to visit it again.
I hope all is well with you dear friend and that winter has been kind to you.
sending love...

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