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Istanbul, historically Byzantium and later Constantinople is Turkey's most populous city, and its cultural and financial center. The city covers 25 districts of the Istanbul province. It is located on the Bosphorus strait, and encompasses the natural harbor known as the Golden Horn, in the northwest of the country.
|(Taksim Square with hubby)|
|(An evening walk with Sara)|
|(Ja chasing the pigeons)|
|(A night at the Museum)|
|(The children fooling around)|
|(Iwan and Ja with their souvenirs)|
|(Ja at the Blue Mosque)|
|(The Blue Mosque at the background)|
|(Sara at the Ferry Terminal)|
|(The busy Grand Bazaar)|
Topkapi Palace, on the Seraglio Peninsula, became a museum in 1924. The Harem, Baghdat Pavilion, Revan Pavilion, Sofa Pavilion, and the Audience Chamber distinguish themselves with their architectural assets, while other artifacts reflect palace life. Gülhane Park is located on the slopes below Topkapi Palace extending to the seashore, and is popular among Istanbul residents for picnicking and open-air concerts. In the park is the Gothic Column, known to have been one of the main obelisks of the Byzantines, and an as yet unclassified, and therefore unofficial, Byzantine ruin.
|(At the Museum)|
|(On a boat cruise)|
Bosphorus Cruise is a must-see tour for visitors because it is a wonderful opportunity to observe the both sides of Istanbul. The ferry is a traditional one, which has seats inside and outside the interior. Along the journey you’ll see the beautiful houses along the European Side, then moves to the Asian Side. There are nice restaurant along the Bosphorus and one can enjoy lunch or dinner of fresh fish, fresh vegetables, fruits and raki, a traditional Turkish drink
|(Having lunch on a boat cruise)|