The search for images of benches has led me back to the photos of Turkey, in particular, those taken in the quiet gardens of the Dolmabache Palace by the Bosphorus Strait of Istanbul.
While we enjoyed the view out to the sea when sitting on the seaside benches, we also enjoyed strolling around the peaceful garden which was reclaimed from the sea for the Sultan.
One of my favorite pictures is that of a sculpture of a male lion in the garden, with a tree, an ornamental fence and the sea as background.
Not far from the sculpture were the lioness and her two cubs. While the cubs looked playful, the mother looked on guard with undivided attention.
In front of the palace was the swan fountain, it looked well integrated with the flowers, the pond and the surrounding.
As no photos were allowed to be taken within the palace so once outside the palace building and out into the garden, we took whatever photos we found interesting including a gate to the palace garden.
The top part of the arch gate was highly ornamental, the details really got me interested.
The visit to the garden was just unforgettable!