Tag Archives: Topkapi Palace

Dolmabahçe Mosque

Now Live: Istanbul Recap Video

After reviewing ~800 video clips and spending countless hours editing a fraction of those, the Istanbul highlight reel is finally here!

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How to Spend 48 Hours in Istanbul

Here’s an ultra-condensed list of our most favorite experiences in this fascinating, vibrant, chaotic city that we called home for three months.

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Avoiding the Scam Artists: The Double-Edged Sword of Turkish Hospitality

Honestly, Turks are a lovely people as a whole, but like any large group, there are some unwanted elements. In Turkey they usually fall into the category of aggressive salesmen. Granted, some of this is my own fault, given how non-confrontational I am. When Minnesota nice meets “let me take you to my cousin’s carpet shop,” painful awkwardness has a tendency to ensue.

Whirling Dervishes. 

Photo credit: Vladimer Shioshvili

The Turkey Bucket List: Part II

Here is what I (Michelle) would like to do in Turkey, now that I’ve finally gotten around to typing up my bucket list.

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By the Beard of Mohammed! Inside Topkapı Palace

Topkapı is the site of many religious relics, of which maybe one or two are even plausible fakes. They have the staff of Moses, the sword of David, and my personal favorite, the saucepan of Abraham. (Four thousand years old! Have they ever seen artifacts that are four thousand years old? I have. They look like potsherds. Largely because they’re potsherds.)