Thursday, August 26, 2010

Spice Market

The Spice Bazaar, (Turkish'Mısır Çarşısı', or Egyptian Bazaar) in IstanbulTurkey is one of the oldest bazaars in the city. Located in Eminönü, it is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar.

The Spice Bazaar is an “L”-shaped building, consisting of 88 vaulted rooms, almost all of which are now divided into an upper and lower story. Monumental gateways are at the ends of both halls, with chambers above each entranceway. The main entrance is in the southwest corner, facing the Yeni Mosque.

Camlica Hill

Camlica Hill ,  Istanbul in all its brilliance, offering a unique perspective on the city.  Located about 4km from Uskudar, Camlica is split into two hills: Küçük Çamlica (‘Little Pine Hill’) and Büyük Çamlica (‘Big Pine Hill’). Büyük Çamlica is the highest point in Istanbul at 267 m above sea level.

We spend about 45 minutes on top of the hill and had our morning tea there.  The views from Büyük Çamlica are truly amazing, with a panoramic vista of all of Istanbul’s main waterways, the Bosphorus Bridge, the historic Eminonu Peninsula, the Princes’ Islands and even Mount Uludag near Bursa.
The Bosphorus Bridge
On Top Of The Hill
A view from Camlica Hill 
The main waterway-The Bhosporus