Saturday outing

Yesterday Mark and I ferried to the European side of our city and visited Dolmabahce Palace, the most grand of the Ottoman palaces.  The weather was perfect with sunny sky and pleasant temperature.  Once again, no photography was allowed inside the palace, so I was not able to take a picture of the 4.5 ton chandelier, which was the grand finale of the palace tour.  But you can see a picture of it here (go to virtual tour and click “The Muayede Hall”).  Grandeur would be a good word to describe the palace.  The national hero, Atatürk, died in the palace, which gives the palace added significance and sentimental value.

One of the bridges that connect Europe and Asia

In the palace garden

Special footwear required to enter the palace

The palace runs 600 meters along the shore of the Bosphorus

View of the palace on our ferry ride home

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