Our second day in Istanbul consisted of another round of sightseeing. What strikes me about this city is how close everything is. Everywhere you look there is some ancient wonder, all just steps away.
Today we visited Topkapı Palace; the residence of the Ottoman Sultans for about 400 years, 500 years ago. The opulence of the palace is everywhere, dripping from the painted dome ceilings and ivory-and-tortoise-shell covered walls. It is a breathtakingly beautiful place and you can imagine royalty walking the gardens and lounging in the halls. The best treasures (clothing, jewellery, weapons, and priceless gifts) are indoors guarded behind glass. Picture taking is prohibited but I got some nice shots of the open areas.
Close by the Palace is the Archaeology Museum, which we also visited. The museum is a cluster of buildings, which means we got thoroughly drenched in the down-poor that seamed to pick up again every time we were ready to building hop. Rain on smooth stone is probably the most treacherous thing ever. I’m not going to lie, we became pretty history-fatigued and had a hard time caring about all the old
pieces of junk artifacts. But the highlights of the museum were thrilling and totally worth the cold, wet, tiered visit.