Blink Travels- On the tiles in Istanbul

We spent a full day exploring in the most historic part of Istanbul, mainly with our mouths wide open in wonderment at the absolute beauty and amazing ancient architectural feats of engineering.

I was really inspired by all of the pattern and decoration, mainly created with incredibly intricate tiles and fretwork throughout the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace in particular. Here are some shots to share with you the joy of the softly geometric patterns we saw, plus a shot taken in the Roman cistern, Yerebatan Sarnici.

When asked if I wanted to stop off at the ‘cistern’ on our trail, my immediate response was ‘Do I look like a girl interested in cisterns?’- well, it doesn’t sound very glamorous does it? I was more focused on how to slip the Topkapi diamond into my handbag. Well, on this occasion I nearly missed out on one of the most amazing sights in Istanbul. The cistern is architecturally and historically stunning- not to be missed!

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

The Roman Cistern, Istanbul