Thursday, 16 July 2009

Grand Bazaar + Dolmabache - Turkey

FuFu World Tour

Turkiye 7th - 22nd May 2007
Istanbul - Part Three

Wow, the weather was perfect good. As usual, we started off with breakfast. Then off we went to Dolmabahce by bus.

Breakfast, pancake.

I remember that somebody told me not to miss the Grand bazaar, so i asked Necla to bring me there. The bazaar is located next to Istanbul Universitesi (Istanbul University) so we decided to hop off in front of the university walked around and then to the Grand Bazaar before heading to Dolmabahce.

Istanbul Universitesi, the main entrance.

Kapali Carsi (Grand Bazaar), the entrance.

Inside the bazaar.

A little mimbar in the bazaar.

Hong Kong Restaurant. Sign of Dolmabache.

On the way walking to Dolmabahce, we saw a Chinese restaurant, Hong Kong restaurant. I, at first thought that was a gate of the chinatown.

The main entrance gate.

Close up, one of the columns.

South Gate or the exit.

It was time to fill our stomach. We walked to a rest cafe and decided to have our lunch while enjoying the view of Bosphorus Straits at Sahil Rest Cafe.

Our late lunch at Sahil Rest Cafe.

We walked around after taking rest at the cafe. The area is filled everyday with people selling things, strolling, fishing, drinking etc.

AhFu: Do you know what is that mosque called?
Necla: idea.
AhFu: But i think i know.
Necla: Wow, how come you know huuh?
AhFu: Simple, i am going to name it now.
Necla: What?
AhFu: It is Sultan FuFu Camii.
Necla: Woo hoo, Sultan FuFu Camii.

Sultan FuFu Camii during sunset.

So we went back home as usual by bus from Taksim after chatting and wandering around that area. We passed by a supermarket when we were about to reach home. Necla bought some vegetable back home.

Sevda and mother was making dinner when we reached home. Dinner was french fried, fried beef, cucumber, green chilly and onions. Everything was fried one. Served with tomatoes and cucumber. I wished the pimples would not come out the next day but i had two small one.

My dinner.

Sevda, Necla`s youngest sister, a sweet girl.

We had cay (turkish tea) after dinner in the living room, watching Turkish drama. Since i dont understand Turkish, i was looking at the pictures taken during the whole day.

Sevda and Necla.

The next morning came. Necla, as usual made the breakfast. I had a delicious breakfast before heading for Galata Tower.

This tasted like Malaysian roti canai with ham and cheese.

Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi), which we also went by bus. It was also one of the oldest and most beautiful towers in Istanbul. It was constructed in 1348 as part of the Genoese fortifications of Galata. However, now it is the only surviving building since the demolition of the fortifications in the 19th century. You can enjoy a wonderful view and scenery of the Bophorus and the city.

Galata Kulesi (Galata Tower).

Hagia Sophia (left) and Sultan Ahmet Camii (right).

Topkapi Palace.

From this tower, you have a spectacular 360 degrees view of Istanbul city. You can also see the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia Sultan Ahmet Mosque as seen in the picture above.

Sulaymaniye Camii.

East view from the tower.

Another view from the tower, Unkapani bridge.

Apartments, houses and mosque.

Nuruosmaniye Camii.

Wide view of Taksim, the heart of Istanbul`s shopping district.

Bosphorus Pier.

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Fish market.

Then off we went for our Bosphorus straits tour. We boarded the ferry from Eminonu. There you could see Galata TowerBlue Mosque, Topkapi castle, Hagia Sophia and other buildings. The ferry was jam packed with tourists and also locals who use it to commute daily because it is cheap. You can buy cay(turkish tea), juice or nescafe (coffee) while you are in the ferry itself.

FuFu, Necla and two rabbits.

Famous buildings along the straits.

FuFu and Necla, Bosphorus Bridge.

FuFu and Necla, Fatih Bridge.

There are two bridges linking the both sides of Istanbul. One is the Bosphorus Bridge and the other is the Fatih Bridge. Bosphorus bridge is the fourth longest suspension bridge in the world. Fatih Bridge was named after Mehmet the Conqueror.

Rumeli Hisari(Rumeli Castle)

Rumeli Hisari was built by Mehmet the Conqueror when he wanted to seize Byzantine Constantinople. This fortress is located at the narrowest point of the straits and gave him the advantage of controlling the traffic along the Bosphorus. Now it serves mainly as an open air theater for pop stars.

FuFu and Necla.

Right after the cruise tour, i was damn thirsty and quickly had cup of Tursucusu, sour drink with pickled vegetable. The taste was weird but acceptable.

We then took train to Bakikoy, another shopping district in Istanbul after having our lunch in Eminonu.

After that we walked to Bakirkoy pier. Enjoy the splendid view of Sea of Marmara.

We took bus back to Avcilar at 7pm. The sun was going to set yet it was still bright. Dinner was Cig Kofte, fried long meat balls made from minced meat, cracked wheat and chilli powder. Served with the dolma. Then we had dondurma, turkish ice cream. It was great!

The next morning, i saw mother and Sevda were busy making breakfast in the kicthen. I was about to help but due to their rule, man can never be aloowed to do housechores, enter kicthen, etc, so i was just sitting there and took pictures. I had never had three eggs in a day.


After that, we spent few hours talking in the living room. I taught Sevda writing her name in Japanese. At noon, mother put a frozen turkish pizza in the oven and ordered me to finish it. Three hours later, she took turkish delight, lokum out with cay (turkish tea).

Lunch. Teatime.

Early Dinner.

And then they started making dinner at 5pm. Oh my godness. I was forced to eat again. Yogurt + chilli + olive oil + turkish spaghetti. It tasted so bad. The first meal that made me sick. Supper was prepared at 8pm. We had grilled eggplant with bread. I counted. Five meals in a day. And a big portion was always given to me.

Supper at 8pm.

We took bus to Denizli at 10pm. Their bus service is damn so good! They served drink and junk food. The journey was about ten hours from Istanbul to Denizli where Necla`s university is located as well as pretty close to Pamukkale and Izmir.


Nick尼克仔 said...


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annant said...

really curios...which continent u havent step foot in one ar?

迷迭香 said...


jam said...

Turkey is such a beautiful country! The landscape, the culture attract me a lot!

小闷瓜 said...


jim c. said...

wad a joyful life~~nice!

Sam Wong said...


GeOk kEE好きな♡ うち said...

Yogurt + chilli...erm...really can't imagine how it taste like...
really weird but that's their culture...

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Yih Yann said...

How come I feel that you look fater? Eat too good food there? :P

三吉 said...


Shin said...

我肚子餓了啦 =.=

Carenlie said...

long time no here~
u still enjoying ur life , ur journey =)

Carenlie said...

long time no here~
u still enjoying ur life , ur journey =)

Chyng said...

Whew, very interesting and very detailed trip! Photos are great too! wow, Turkey!

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Florence said...

nice building !!

Chloe Ooi said...

i really love ur life's and the adventures...hope one day i can have the world tour too.

shloke said...

Whoa!!! This is one long post about Grand Bazaar + Dolmabache. Loads of good food and nice pictures!

Istanbul University look like a fortress...very mythical like entrance...the setting reminds me of those PS3 games :)

fufu, you named the mosque as Sultan AhFu Camii??? You wanna get whack by the radicals?

About dinner. That's a heavy but scrumptious serving. Those fried cucumbers and lady fingers look like yong tau foo to me.

The kebab like roti canai with ham and cheese....let me guess...necla and her family members must be Turkish Christians.

Galata Kulesi look like Disneyland. The view from the tower is really AMAZING. I can see the wonderful city.

Darn, looking at your pictures and reading the joy of your travel makes me ponder at my dull life :(

Travel Safe, fufu

都市[心]鮮人 said...


jenny said...


iruffcookiedough said...

heya, just dropping by to say hi cos it's been a while since i've last dropped a comment. hope you're enjoying our jetsetting lifestyles once again. =)

toto said...

Kapali 市集里头应该很闷热吧(因为它是有顶的)?
Galata 塔上望出去的风景和Bosphorus 海峡坐游船观光的美不胜收之沿岸景致,都在在的让人叹为观止呀!
FuFu,你很梦想当皇帝啊,什么Sultan AhFu的,不过也对啦,可以三妻四妾的,那你可有对Necla和Sevda两位美丽不可方物的艳女动心呢?不要告诉我,你是柳下惠哦。。。

Ayie said...

isn't that too much food for you fu? they are so warm and accommodating, it was like you were spoiled on your trip there.

the rich architecture is a very pleasant sight

毛毛 said...


sultanahmet said...

Great Post
Great Pics
Thanks for sharing my friend.

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