Postcard from Topkapi Palace – Istanbul

As you may know, Riz and I spent a couple of days in Istanbul and it honestly couldn’t have been better! We didn’t go in with too many plans and everything ended up falling into place perfectly – we did a lot of walking and mostly popped into pretty shops and restaurants along the way. However, we did make a plan to visit the nearby Topkapi Palace and its opulent pavilions and beautiful gardens – here comes a little postcard from there.

I am also working on a complete Mini Guide post from Istanbul so you can expect that on Monday morning.

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The Topkapi Palace is built on one of the highest points of Istanbul and was one of the major residences of the Ottoman sultans and their courts for almost 400 years.

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Wander through the courtyards, pavilions, and my personal favourite, the Harem and admire the magnificent ornate detailing – you can really dive into the history and imagine what life in the palace has been like.

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The attention to detail is outstanding. The scale of it all really took me by surprise.

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The views outdoors are equally impressive.

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The gardens are a lovely and relaxing place to rest your feet, have some freshly squeezed orange juice and chat about the interesting (and somewhat controversial) historical moments that happened here.
More Turkish adventures coming on Monday…

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11 Comments

  1. 20th May 2017 / 6:15 pm

    oh my goodness, everything looks so beautiful I’d love to go to Instanbul one day 🙂

    • 20th May 2017 / 7:24 pm

      The Topkapi Palace was really gorgeous and the history of it is so interesting – a must visit if you travel to Istanbul x

  2. 20th May 2017 / 7:08 pm

    Wow! What a stunning place that looks! I have to admit that Turkey isn’t a place that has ever appealed to me not sure why but it does look really pretty 😊.

    • 20th May 2017 / 7:21 pm

      Istanbul is really, really wonderful and great even just for a weekend trip – we highly recommend!

  3. 20th May 2017 / 8:12 pm

    I have never been to Turkey let alone Istanbul but this place looks absolutely beautiful! The pictures are amazing. The color, the architecture! Looks like a great experience! xx corinne

    • 21st May 2017 / 12:48 pm

      Thank you Corinne x It was our first time in Turkey and we loved Istanbul. I hope to return sometime and explore some more x And shopping there is amazing!

  4. 20th May 2017 / 9:44 pm

    Everything looks so beautiful! Istanbul has such gorgeous patterns in their buildings. So colourful and creative 🙂

  5. 21st May 2017 / 2:40 am

    The intricate details on the palace walls are stunning. It definitely is a beautiful place to spend the whole day at!

    • 21st May 2017 / 12:51 pm

      Hi Samantha – Im obsessed with painted tiles and the Palace walls are just incredible. This was our first time in Istanbul – both of us highly recommend it! Mini Guide to Istanbul coming tomorrow so be sure to check it out xx

  6. 22nd May 2017 / 7:45 pm

    Wow Istanbul is beautiful! I especially love the tiles and you got some amazing photos. I think if I were there, I wouldn’t even know where to look!!

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