Next – Palace of the Sultans and Lunch

DSC_3335Next on the agenda was the palace of sultans, overlooking the city, Sea of Marmara, Golden Horn, and Bosporus – not a bad view (its god to be the sultan)! The line to get in was well over an hour long we almost skipped it, until Jake noticed a cash only line with only a few people and we were in!

DSC_3356We did a little gemstone shopping, but passed on the 86-carat diamond, we did not have room in our suitcases.  DSC_3358We skipped the harem chambers after learning the sultan’s mother picked out the girls for him to “socialize with” – ruined the vision.

As we left the palace we walked the streets taking in the back alleyways and found a great

Half a loaf, lunch

Half a loaf, lunch

park that led us back to the water, Galata Bridge and eventually lunch!  Lunch was what is call a “half a loaf” (Turkish fast food) AKA a fish sandwich with all the fixings – it was great along with the location.  The French fries that we had with the fish were some of the best I have ever had!

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There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point! Life is short, but how long live is up to you…
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1 Response to Next – Palace of the Sultans and Lunch

  1. Anne Russell says:

    Looks like a really nice day and good weather to enjoy that delicious looking sandwich!
    And on top of it you are by the water. I really liked the pictures especially the one of the beautiful walkway lined with flowers and trees.

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