Oh the Things I’ll do!

There are 3 million things to do in Istanbul. I’m going to start a running list of the things that sound interesting to me.  This way I can sift through them later and pick the ones that are MUST do and things that are MAYBE do.

  • Topkapi Palace- location of the head of the Ottoman Empire for over 300 years.  Supposedly should take at least .5-1 day for this.
  • Church of the St. Saviour in Chora (Chora Church)- a Byzantine Christian church with mosaics and frescoes that were amazingly preserved despite the Ottoman take-over
  • Ferry across the Bosphorus – Don’t take a cruise, they are more expensive and not any better than the commuter ferries
  • Chill out under the Galata Bridge – watch the boats, go to tea houses and restaurants
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Walk the Theodosius Walls 
  • Dolmabahse Palace
  • Hamam – find one the locals go to, they are cheaper and more authentic. Drink lots of water!
  • See the Whirling Dervishes – This site looks interesting.  Do some more research though.
  • Visit Princes Island
  • Archaeology Museum
  • The Blue Mosque
  • The Grand Bazaar
  • The Egyptian Spice Bazaar
  • Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent – 16th century
  • Istiklal Street- pedestrian only street full of shopping and restaurants
  • Underground Cistern
  • Hagia Irene
  • Galata Tower

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