Not being much of a fan of big cities, I never expected to spend a full week in Istanbul, but I found it absolutely fascinating and full of friendly folks.
Palaces...the Topkapi Palace entrance...a sultans hangout for a long time. Sink where the sultan's executioner washed his tools following mandated decapitations. A school class on a field trip to the palace. Geology at the palace includes museum quality emerald jewelry, carved jade, and a highly weathered pillar of granite. The palace has a fabulous view of the Bosporus. There was a Turkish TV program being filmed in the Palace Harem, here are some of the actors...including, I presume, those playing the black and white eunuchs that served the sultan and his sometimes quite extended family. Sultan painting, leading princes to circumcision
All of the following have stories that go along with them but.....
The ubiquitous carpet seller
Tas Konak Hotel in Sultanahmet areaNot sure what the press coverage of Clinton's visit to Turkey, but not everyone is fond of Americans...but they don't get heard much and most of them end up in jail, I am told.A BIGGGGG Gyro (Donir)
Tas Konak partners
On to Turkey earthquake experience