also, lots of cats and kittens, but that's everywhere in Istanbul. :)
After looking inside we saw the adjacent gardens and saw the peacocks and other birds there. We kept walking, trying to find the ruins of this old castle/fort on the Bosphorus. We followed some Turkish signs through a garden, hoping that would be it, but instead stumbled upon the Yıldız Palace, where the Sultan's visitors stayed. There was a tour but we were the only non-Turkish people so it was all in Turkish. That was funny. The guide was very nice and would give us a quick recap in English while the rest of the group looked around. Very pretty place.