Finally our wonderful trip came to an end and it was our last day in Turkey. Topkapi Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has to be on one’s check list before you leave Istanbul. So in the morning we left the hotel to tick this box. The palace is huge and is built on a hill right next to the sea. The palace also has a museum inside where all the original swords, cloaks, bone china, manuscript, jewelry etc are kept.
So we entered through the Gate of Salutation which connects to the courtyard and the rest of the palace. There are tons of things to see but hard to remember once you have left the place. The Iftar Kiosk was one of the places where the Sultans were believed to break their fast after Ramadan and is an ideal place to take picturesque photographs. Later we headed to see the panoramic view of the Marmara Sea. Another interesting pic that we took was that of a hollow tree which became a victim to fungus but is still standing tall till date.
It was already twilight and we headed straight for Blue Mosque to see the fancy fountain lights. We were pleasantly greeted with the brightly lit colourful lights. We took our pics with the lovely display and headed for dinner at this beautiful restaurant on the top floor of a building with the stunningly lit Blue Mosque as our backdrop. We had traditional Turkish food and relished every bit of it. This was a beautiful way to end our trip to Turkey and it was all the more memorable coz it was our first trip with Gagan and Shweta.