For our last day in Istanbul we tried to cram everything in that we had forgotten to do. After our cooking class the night before we knew a little bit more about the various spices common to Turkish cuisine and decided to head in the direction of the Spice Market. Along the way we walked through Istanbul’s college University, a truly beautiful campus. Security guards are at every entrance and students have to show a pass just to get in. Mom flashed the guards her brillant smile and they let us wander through for a little bit as long as we didn’t go into any buildings. After that we visited a few Mosques including one of the most famous in the city, Suleymaniye Mosque. This Mosque was built by the greatest, richest and most powerful of the Ottoman Sultans, Suleyman I. Designed by one of the most famous architects of the time, Mimar Sinan, it has a similar floor plan of the Aya Sofya however it is more adapted to the requirements of Muslim worship.
Finally, we arrived at the Spice Market, the sky is the chef. There are mounds and mounds of spices, nuts and honey in the comb, and
Dried fruits, along with other kitchen gadgets. The smell inside was so tempting mouth began to water at the entrance. We did end up buying a few spices that we used in our dishes from the night … we'll see how replication is.
After we finished eating our sandwiches, we heard the call to prayer, which occurs 5 times a day, and saw a lot of
After that we walked across the bridge of Galata. From here you can see all the mosques to place the landscape on the seven hills that Istanbul is famous for.
Overall, it was a great trip! We had such a great time and would love to return at some point. I recommend Istanbul for all, this is modern, but still retained much of its history, and all are so kind. We shall see that all soon!
There are more photos at the bottom of this page
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