28 Days of Istanbul, Part 2

Dayana Z | Thursday, December 24, 2015 | 1Comments |
Day 6
Abang and I went to Fatih, to return back a skirt I bought but it wasn't in the right size. We ate delicious bread for breakfast. Turkish people make really good bread! 

Fresh bread shop

Day 7
Lazy day Friday, rested at home, Abang discovered a new mosque called the Zeyrek mosque, which is the second biggest religious building built during the Byzantine empire, after Hagia Sophia.
Zeyrek mosque is apparently only 9 minutes walk from where we are staying. I'm not surprised if after all this I'll say 28 days isn't enough to explore this city full of treasures.

Day 8, 19th December 2015.
Abang and I went out early of the house to find marshmallows to have with our hot chocolate drink.
Unfortunately the store was not yet opened, so we bought bread at the same place we had our breakfast on the 6th day. So then we had ekmek (bread) and sardines for breakfast.

Istanbul Ekmek with Malaysian sardines. The bread tastes similar to Malaysian Roti Canai.
We took the bus and the tram and decided to explore Dolmabahce Palace.
This palace was built with quite a splash of European influence, from its decorations, lighting, furnitures and carvings. We couldn't take any photos inside the palace because everything was original. We couldn't even touch things and we walked on carpets instead of real floorings. 
The most powerful person in the palace is the mother of the Sultan I would say. She influenced quite a lot of what should happen in the harem, like which wife should be with the sultan for the day. Yikes. 

Dolmabahce isn't as big as Topkapi, but it's more modern in the interior.
Still, I don't understand the need for a new palace because Topkapi, the already built palace, is humongous! Well, when you have all the wealth, what can stop you? 
Sadly, at the same time when Dolmabahce is built, the life of an average Turkish person wasn't very easy, bringing us to the story of the unrest amongst Turkish people, which will bring down the empire a few decades after the palace is built. 

Even with the awe at their large sum of wealth and power, I just wonder if the royalties do deserve so much when there are those out there still isn't living comfortably. Part of me felt worried looking at their collection gold plates and cups. Nonetheless, all of that is history. How will I lead my life, now that's the bigger question.

After visiting Dolmabahce Palace, we decided to head to Taksim.
We took the funicular to Taksim from Kabatas. It is super easy to commute in Istanbul! I wish Kuala Lumpur was like this.
Photo from Wikipedia.
Taksim is way more modern compared to Fatih. If you wan't to find Turkish made products, go to Fatih instead of Taksim. However, Taksim holds the imported branded goods, I suppose heaven for shoppers, and maybe for those who love fine food and desserts. I bought myself a pair of polarised sunglasses from Sunglass Hut. 
We ate an Arab dish for dinner/lunch at the Mandy Hadramawt restaurant. We were the only ones in the restaurant but the food was deliciously good! 
On the way back home, we finally got ourselves marshmallows.

Day 9
We wanted to enter Miniaturk on this day, but once we arrived, we noticed we didn't have enough Liras to enter Miniaturk which costed TL10 per person. Very funny right. So then we took the Metrobus, then the bus to Eyup.

Metrobus are like vans, you pay cash when you travel with them, unlike buses where you can use your Istanbulkart. Travelling in this area was quite tough because not many can speak English, so we kind of found ourselves travelling quite far up to Alibeykoy on the Metrobus before getting the bus to Eyup.

Alhamdulillah we arrived at Eyup during maghrib time, so we got the chance to pray maghrib at Eyup Mosque. The mosque was packed, unlike other mosques we went to. I'm not sure the crowd is because of the location or the time or...

Eyup is rather a small town, but there were many families at the square near the mosque, spending time with each other, drinking sahlep, spending quality time. This reminds me a lot of Dataran Putra, Putrajaya in Malaysia.

Day 10 and after, we entered places using our Museum Pass, so I'll share those in another post inshaAllah. Thanks for having a read! Do drop a comment.

1 comment:

  1. bestnyeee dayannn gi jalan sana. bilalah aku pulak dpt chance pi sna. hewhew


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