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Thursday, 29 March 2012

miss b loves.......spring in Istanbul....part one


A couple of weeks ago we spent another hectic yet fascinating  long weekend in Istanbul. As promised, here is part one of our very busy schedule........ 
Saturday began with a visit to Topkapi Palace which was home to the Ottoman Sultans, their many concubines, children and servants for nearly 400 years and was the heart of the Ottoman Empire.                      

We strolled through the beautiful grounds and courtyards and then went into the Treasury to see the incredible gems including the 86 carat(!!)Spoonmaker's Diamond, the Topkapi Emerald Dagger (with three eyeball-sized emeralds on the handle) Sultans' embroidered kaftans (with extremely long sleeves)and superb works of art.....No photos allowed though......



Before making our way to the Harem, we stopped to admire the most beautiful traditional Iznik tiles............ 


The Harem houses lavish appartments with ornate tiled fireplaces, intricate frescos, stained glass windows, and hamams (Turkish baths)








We suddenly realised how long it had been since breakfast, how far we had walked and agreed that we deserved a leisurely lunch at Nar Lokanta, a restaurant on the fifth floor of the very stylish Armaggan store.... 




Beautifully presented traditional Turkish food with impeccable service......we chose well .... the freshest ingredients all bursting with flavour.......and the best hummus ever!!... 



Fully recharged...it was back to the schedule....Van Gogh Alive
This is so far removed from the traditional silent art gallery experience. As you wander throughout a vast darkened space, 3000 Van Gogh giant moving images are dispayed on walls, columns, ceilings even the floor so that you feel totally immersed in the paintings and it's all synchronized to music.........a truly unforgettable experience!





Our wonderful day ended with cocktails in two bars with the most incredible views of the Bosphorus and Istanbul's iconic buildings. 

Kat 5 with its deep red walls, velvet furnishings and candles has a sweeping view of the Bosphorus Bridge and the stunning city at night. Too cold to sit on the terrace, we admired the view from the cosy interior......





The Bosphorus Bridge
in the distance
.......then it was off to the renowned Leb-i derya, Kumbaraci. The tables are placed next to huge picture windows - a very romantic spot and my Deep Blue cocktail tasted as good as it looked! 




Next time though it will be a table on the terrace on a balmy summer's evening ..........


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Read more about miss b's trips to Istanbul here and here

61 comments:

  1. All I can say is wow!! Seems like you had an absolutely fabulous time...great sites, food, and drink! Wonderful pictures too! :)

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  2. If this was Part 1, I can't wait until Part 2 Miss B. What a fabulous day! The architecture and Van Gogh paintings are AMAZING. So beautiful. Thanks for showing the tiles. Those small details mean so much. Truly beautiful. The food looked great and I could use one of those blue drinks right now. HAHAHA Thanks for sharing your day!
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    1. Thanks, Kim. Part 2 coming along soon......

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  3. Wow, great pictures! The tile work is amazing, the food must be beyond compare and that blue cocktail looks like one of the best I've ever seen! Nice post!

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  4. Goodness, that looks so cool!

    I wonder why they had Van Gogh paintings there though. Maybe just travelling through?

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    1. Van Gogh Alive is in Istanbul until May 15th then it goes to Ankara. It's been brought to Turkey by Abdi Ibrahim, a pharmaceutical company to mark their 100th anniversary. It was in Singapore and I think it's at Arizona Space Centre until June. I'm sure it will travel the world - I hope you get a chance to see it - amazing!

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  5. I was in Istanbul last spring and I loooooove it! Topkapi palace is amazing, whole town is gorgeous...I must go back some day...Shopping on Grand Bazaar was <3! Thanks for lovely pics! Ilina

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  6. Ohhh how nice to see my home town on your blog, and some of my usual places like 5th Floor and Lebiderya : ) I never tried that cocktail but now I saw it here, it is in my list : ) And Nar Lokanta looks very promising, will take your advise on that one too. I haven't visited Topkapi Palace for some years now, and would love to revisit it this spring : ) And the Van Gogh Alive goes to my next Istanbul visit itenerary right now : ) Have a lovely weekend

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    1. What a wonderful home town, Lila! You must definitely try Nar Lokanta and don't miss Van Gogh Alive - you will be amazed!

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  7. Wow! Everything is so beautiful - what a great time you must have had. I would love to see the Van Gogh Alive. It sounds amazing. I was actually lucky enough to see some of his work in The National gallery here in Australia a little while back. It was wonderful. His use of colour is amazing. I am glad that you enjoyed a cocktail and some good food as well.

    Looking forward to the next installment, Stephie x

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  8. Love to go to Turkey! Did you try the turquish coffee and the shisha? I love it!

    Greetings from Qatar!

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    1. Yes I tried the Turkish coffee and enjoyed it but I didn't try shisha.

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  9. Looks like you had an amazing time! Gorgeous photos:) Have a lovely weekend!:)
    ~Anne

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  10. WOW!! Great photos and the art work is amazing!! .. and the food :) Thanks for sharing!

    Enjoy your day

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  11. Looks like such an amazing weekend! I realllly need to do more international travel so I can see all of the beautiful places... until then I will just live vicariously through you ;)

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  12. Istanbul looks gorgeous! I can only imagine what it looks like in person.

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  13. Sounds like a great trip, love your photos! :)

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  14. Looks absolutely beautiful, great blog =]

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    1. Thank you - so pleased you like my blog!

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  15. it looks so beautiful - I'd love to go. x

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  16. Beautiful image of a special place. Thanks for sharing. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  17. beautiful darling! would you like to follow each other?:X
    Fashionspot.ro

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  18. I Loooooove Van Gogh! Bigggggg Time! This is a great post!
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  19. Amazing! Looks like so much fun!
    stacy

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  20. Wow this all looks amazing ! The food seems delicous and the blue cocktail at the end looks really yummy and stunning <3

    Love from the NaNa girls xoxo

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  21. beautiful pics!! it looks a great place!
    thanks also for your lovely comment in my blog!
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  22. Oh my goodness, what an adventure you had! Istanbul sounds lovely. My girls love to travel, and have been to many places in Europe. They would love to see these photos. It sounds like you had a wonderful time. I really like Van Gogh's art, and the food looks so yummy.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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    1. Istanbul really is a fascinating place and well worth a visit, Sheri.

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  23. lovely pictures, I was there last summer for few days and I have great mamories.
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  24. awesome post and really awesome blog! love it. you have a new follower. hope you'll follow back a fellow fashionista and travel guru! keep in touch!

    xo, nikki

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  25. Topkapi palace is so amazing. I absolutely loved exploring Ortakoy seaside suburb while I was in Istanbul. Happy travels!

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    1. I enjoyed Ortakoy too - I'll be mentioning it in my next post - part two coming soon!!

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  26. Great informative post and love your pics too

    Glad you enjoyed your trip

    Joanne

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  27. Istanbul is definitely on my bucket list and after this post it's moving up...love the images!!

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  28. thank you Miss! Londo is my fav city ever... now i'm back home and the next week i'm going to leave to California! i'm so excited!
    :)
    <3

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    1. I loved your London photos - you chose some great places.

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  29. Amazing trip! Istanbul is on my must see list so thanks for the guidebook tips :)

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    1. You're welcome, Sara - more to come in part two!

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  30. Thank you for sharing about your journey in Istanbul! Love the photos and would have loved to go to the Van Gogh Alive gallery, looks amazing!

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  31. Lovely photos !!
    Following you , sweetie !! xxx

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    1. Thank you very much for following!

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  32. thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comments! following you and hope to hear from you soon.

    xo, nikki

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    1. So pleased to see that you are my newest follower!

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  33. I would love to travel to Istanbul...
    thanks for your kind comments.
    pve

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  34. im so jealous of your travels! istanbul looks amazing!

    I'm your newest follower! it would be great if you could follow me back :-)

    xx Rebecca

    www.orangecoloureddays.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for following, Rebecca.

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  35. My sister has the chance to study abroad in Instabul next year. I am going to send her a link to this post!!
    velvetcupcakes

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  36. Istanbul! I would love to be there.

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  37. The food always gets me! Looks absolutely delicious!

    Gen x

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  38. Istambul is one of my pending destinations !!!. What an amazing trip!

    Greetings from Qatar!


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  39. What a lovely place! The colours are amazing! Enjoy the fabulous day, Kellie xx

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  40. It looks fantastic, definitely needs adding to my travel wishlist. Can't wait to see more!

    The doll on fashion

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  41. Looks amazing! How fabulous are all those patterns and colour?!

    Abbey x

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  42. Thanks so much for this post. I am looking for something to decorate the back of my house under my deck and these Turkish tiles have inspired me!

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