Welcome to Istanbul, Turkey. Every year in June-July, we organize a family trip where families with kids ages 8 and up can join us to explore Istanbul, cruise the Turquoise Coast and then visit Cappadocia.
Today our group of 4 families from Marin set off on a comprehensive tour of the Old Quarter of Istanbul which is home to most of the major monuments which reflect Turkey's rich history. We started with the magnificent Aya Sofia which once boasted the largest dome in the world when it was built as a Byzantine Church in the 7th century.
We marveled at the massive domes which were ornately decorated and perched in perfect architectural harmony one atop another. The effect was stunning, as if one were looking up into the heavens. After viewing the well preserved frescoes we walked across to the Blue Mosque where we soaked in the religious atmosphere of this venerable mosque which features some of the most beautiful blue Iznik tiles on the planet.
|Hobie and Jordan, in front of the beautiful tiles of the Circumcision Room, at the Topkapi Palace|
|Sunken Cistern, Photo by Henry Swisher|
|Sam, trying on Ottoman style noble man's headwear|
|View of Blue Mosque, from the rooftop terrace of our hotel, Photo by Henry Swisher|
|Turkish wine tasting before dinner|
|Everybody loved eating imambayildi, an eggplant appetizer|