Istanbul, not Constantinople

29 Feb

We just returned from our half-term holiday in Istanbul.  It was 5 degrees Farenheit when we left and it has been snowing now for 48 hours straight, but for a brief few days, we experienced sun, the 40’s, and thousands of years of history and art.  It was lovely. 

As I packed us for the trip, I realized- we had never been on a family vacation together.  I mean, we have travelled to visit family and friends, but never for the sake of travel, itself.  Istanbul was a great place to start. 

We enjoyed Aya Sofia, the Blue Mosque, the “New” Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the Roman Cistern, the Spice Market, the Grand Bazaar, Galata Bridge, the Koc Museum, and more.  The ferry rides up the Golden Horn were the kids’ favorite experience.  Kevin was suprised by how much he enjoyed the Bazaar.  My favorite was the slow and beautiful morning call to worship echoing off the walls of the ancient city.   Make sure to check out the pictures here. We hope to visit again soon.  Until then, it’s back to snow and more snow…


5 Responses to “Istanbul, not Constantinople”

  1. amycandrews March 1, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    Glad you had such a good trip. Enjoyed seeing your pics!

    • mkmz2873 March 2, 2012 at 9:04 am #

      It was fun. I have a good recommendation for an apartment if you want it. Great location, three bedrooms…

  2. Lindsay Kuhn March 4, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    Gorgeous pictures! Love the one of you and Ella.

    • mkmz2873 March 4, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

      Can’t wait to buy beads with you at the grand bazaar!


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