|Our entry to the Palace was delayed as the band marched out|
The various chambers were devoted to different purposes, such as the Throne Room, the Harem, the Imperial Treasury and the Rooms of the Relics. So, there's a lot to see, and at times it's necessary to queue. It took us over 4 hours to see most of it, not including the kitchens which for some reason weren't open.
|One of the courtyards|
|Entrance to the Harem|
We rounded off the afternoon by checking out the Grand Bazaar. Does the world really need all the scarves, leather items, gold and silver, dishes, lightshades, shoes and other things on sale here? Not many of the stores have fixed prices, which means that you need to be confident of the value of an item before starting to bargain about the price. Some courage seems to be in order if you're buying something on the expensive side.