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Sunday, 26 February 2012

miss b loves .........Istanbul



Next week I'm off to Istanbul again for a long weekend and I'm so excited - it's one of my favourite cities. Looking through my photos from our last visit I remembered that I had intended writing a post about two amazing places - the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia .......so here it is!

The Blue Mosque was commissioned by Sultan Ahmet 1 and construction began in 1609 - sadly he died one year after it was completed at the age of twenty-seven. It is unusual for a mosque to have six minarets -  one story suggests that the Sultan directed the architect to create gold (altin) minarets, which was apparently misunderstoood as six (alti) minarets!


None of the exterior is blue - the name 'Blue Mosque' comes from the tiles inside.


Hagia Sophia, a museum since 1931, was originally a church until 1453 when Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, amazed by its beauty, converted it into his imperial mosque.


Christian and Muslim art



No trip to Istanbul would be complete though without a wander around the wonderful, vibrant Grand Bazaar, with its 5000 shops!!!! Beautiful rugs, lamps, jewellery, pottery..........


I could have happily spent the whole weekend in there and will no doubt be returning .... so much choice but I finally made my decision and was so pleased with my souvenirs.......

Two gorgeous bracelets

Turkish Delight
 - of course!

and a traditional Iznik ceramic stand which has inspired a new kitchen colour scheme............


39 comments:

  1. Very creative and chic. Your style is great.

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  2. That's amazing! Istanbul? Wow! Wish i could visit:)

    xoxo

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  3. i've never been to istanbul and i'd really like to go..
    thanks for the great photos:)

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  4. I have heard so many positive reviews about Turkey. I guess I will have to visit one day.. In the meantime, I am happy to be able to read stories like yours to get introduced to that country's amazing culture, architecture and art work. Beautiful bracelets, by the way. Bon voyage! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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    1. Yes, you really must try to go there one day - well worth the long journey for you!

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  5. Sounds absolutely fabulous! I've never been to Turkey, but so many people have told me how wonderful a place it is to visit. It's now officially on my list! Hope you have a fab long weekend there! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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  6. Have a fabulous time! I am sure you will have fabulous photos to share on your return:)
    ~Anne

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  7. Thanks, Anne and Katelyn - hopefully I'll have some good photos!

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  8. What beautiful pictures! I'd love to visit one day too! Thanks for the cyber tour! Beautiful bracelets--hope you find more goodies!


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  9. Thanks lovely! Interesting blog

    xx
    Dasha Gold
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  10. WOW! That sounds amazing. Looking forward to hearing the details of your trip along with a few photos. Have a safe flight!

    xx
    leslie

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  11. Istanbul is an amazing city! I went there many times, it's near my country! Hope you have a great time there!!!

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    Ioana

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  13. Istanbul. Sounds lovely and warm<3

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  14. Amazing architecture! Thank you for taking us on a brief visit to Istanbul! And the Grand Bazaar with 5,000 shops? Oh my goodness, you really could spend DAYS there!!! Love the trinkets you picked up and I bet your new kitchen color looks fabulous!

    Thanks for stopping by my place, darling ... hope you have a wonderful week! ~xoSM

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  15. Just left a comment but forgot to answer your question ... the song on Pink Valentine Novelette Part III is from the "Something's Gotta Give" soundtrack and it's called "Samba de mon coeur qui bat" ... I love ALL of the songs from this soundtrack, it's one of my absolute favorites! ~xoSM

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    1. Thanks, Sandy, for letting me know about the French song.

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  16. sounds lovely, I've never been but would LOVE to go there one day. take lots of pictures and share! have a safe and fun trip!

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  17. Gorgeous stuff. This is one place I want to visit one day. Hope you can visit my blog and see whether you like to follow each other. Let me know and will follow you right back.
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  18. beautiful photos, very interesting blog - have a great time in Intanbul, I love this city too.
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  19. Looks great, have a great time!

    XO

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  20. Istanbul sounds so great - enjoy! :-)

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  21. Hey Miss B! The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are simply gorgeous. It still amazes me how such intricate and beautiful architecture was made back then. They didn't nearly have the equipment that we do today. It's more beautiful than what we have today. haha Have a great trip and I know you will find even more goodies to love. I love that bracelet. Enjoy! Thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciated it. ((HUG))
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  22. Sorry my earlier comment wouldn't publish -- hope this one will! Anyway, it looks amazing!~
    Stacy

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  23. Lucky you! I love middle East design and culture! Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm following and hope you come back and follow as well!
    xo
    Sharon

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  24. sounds amazing and looks amaziiing! you must be having a spectacular time!
    xo,
    LMQ

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  25. I've never been here before but I've wanted to go ever since I heard that song--Istanbul was once Constantinople.

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  26. Lovely blog! Thank you so much for popping by mine and saying hello! Really loving that inspiration stand! WOW GREAT COLORS!!!!!
    Happy travels to you!
    Tracie

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  27. never been there but seriously want to!

    xx Yvette

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  28. Oh have fun! I've always wanted to visit Istanbul. :)

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  29. So beautiful! I really want to visit Istanbul and browse/shop for interesting things :) Have fun this weekend! x

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  30. the blue mosque is beautiful...have a wonderful time and take lots of pictures to share with us... ~Grace

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  31. These pictures are stunning!

    xo,
    Angela
    headtotoechic.blogspot.com

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  32. I've never been to Istanbul but I'm dying to visit - my parents went a few years ago and loved it. I hope you have a wonderful time! Make sure to take lots of photos to share with us :)
    xox,
    Cee

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  33. AHHH! That makes me so totally jealous!! I would love to visit!!

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