The Osmanoğlu family are the members of the historical House of Osman (the Ottoman dynasty), which was the namesake and sole ruling house of the Ottoman Empire from 1299 until the establishment of the Republic of Turkey in 1923.

There were 36 Ottoman sultans who ruled over the Empire, and each one was a direct descendant through the male line of the first Ottoman Sultan, Sultan Osman I. After the deposition of the last Sultan, Mehmet VI, in 1922, and the subsequent abolition of the Ottoman Caliphate in 1924, members of the Imperial family were forced into exile.

Their descendants now live in many different countries throughout Europe, as well as in the United States, the Middle East, and since they have now been permitted to return to their homeland, many now also live in Turkey. When in exile, the family adopted the surname of Osmanoğlu, meaning "son of Osman", after the founder of the House of Osman and direct ancestor of all current family members.

Şehzade Ali Vâsıb Efendi and the other family members, he was the 41st head of the Imperial House of Osman, an Ottoman royal dynasty. Much of his life was spent in exile. If reigning, he would have been Sultan Ali I.

After the formation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923 and the abolition of the Ottoman Sultanate and the Caliphate in the following year, Vasib and other members of his family were forced into exile. They left Istanbul from Sirkeci railway station. Vasib lived in Budapest for a few months, before settling in Nice, France.

Other family members moved to the South of France and to Italy, including Vahideddin, (Mehmed VI) who went to San Remo; and Abdulmecid, (Vasib's cousin and the last Caliph) to Nice, after a short time in Switzerland.

Vasib was permitted to return to Turkey in 1974. From that time, he visited annually and his wife lived in a humble rented flat in the old part of the city near Sultan Ahmed Square. Vasib's memoirs have been published in Turkish. Vasib's son, Osman Selaheddin, transcribed the work from Ottoman Turkish script to present-day Turkish script.

I have been to Turkey, it is very nice, the people are very friendly, you have to be careful though in Istanbul or else you might get robbed or swindled by con-artists. It could be a dangerous city in that regard, I think it's remenants of the ancient trading periods. I was lucky to get out of an incident unscathed, Alhamdulillah!

I visited the Imperial grounds in Istanbul,specifically The Dolmabahçe Palace, The name Dolmabahçe comes from the Turkish dolma meaning "filled" and from the Persian bahçe meaning "garden". The Dolmabahçe Palace (Turkish: Dolmabahçe Sarayı, IPA: [doɫmabahˈtʃe saɾaˈjɯ]) is located in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, Turkey, on the European coast of the Bosporus strait, served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1887 and from 1909 to 1922 (Yıldız Palace was used in the interim period).

Dolmabahçe is the largest palace in Turkey. It has an area of 45,000 m2 (11.1 acres), and contains 285 rooms, 46 halls, 6 baths (hamam) and 68 toilets.

The design contains eclectic elements from the Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical styles, blended with traditional Ottoman architecture to create a new synthesis. The palace layout and décor reflect the increasing influence of European styles and standards on Ottoman culture and art during the Tanzimat period. The exterior, in particular the view from the Bosporus, shows a classical European two-wing arrangement which is divided by a big avant-corps with two side avant-corps.

Functionally, on the other hand, the palace retains elements of traditional Ottoman palace life, and also features of traditional Turkish homes. It is strictly separated structurally in a southern wing (Mabeyn-i Hümâyûn, or Selamlık, the quarters reserved for the men) which contains the public representation rooms, and a northern wing (Harem-i Hümâyûn, the Harem) serving as the private residential area for the Sultan and his family.

The two functional areas are separated by the big Ceremonial Hall (Muayede Salonu) with a floor area of 2,000 m2 (22,000 sq ft) and a 36 m (118 ft) high dome. Since the harem had to be completely isolated from the outside world, the main entrance for the visitors is located on the narrow southern side. There, the representation rooms are arranged for receptions of visitors and of foreign diplomats. The harem area includes eight interconnected apartments for the wives of the sultan, for his favourites and concubines, and for his mother, each with its own bathroom.

It was a magnificent structure, I was amazed at how big it was, specially the chandeliers were really big. The palace was very European looking as well, in the gardens I saw the tombs of Osmanli Naksibendi Sufi Masters in the Palace gardens which is very nice because I like the Naqshbandi Order a lot and try to always listen to their sohbats.

The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul is also very nice and has lots of amazing souvenirs, remains one of the most intriguing, fascinating and overwhelming shopping experiences in the world. Dating back nearly 300 years, the Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets on the globe and boasts over 4,000 shops.

There are dozens of covered streets, each with its own theme, such as areas devoted solely to jewelry and gold, leather goods, fabrics, rugs and ceramics to say the least. With such a vast selection one can easily get lost or overwhelmed and miss out on some of the best and most famous shops there to discover and it takes a couple of days to fully explore.

Persia and Turkey have fought many wars and also share a lot in common culturally too.

Turkish music is very nice!

I also love Turkish bellydancing (Didem is the Best)

Pictured above is the Topkapi Harem, which I didnt get to visit while in Istanbul but is very beautiful.

I also love the narrow streets around Taxim square in Istanbul, which has a monument of Ataturk and Reza Shah Pahlavi, pictured above.

The people of Turkey are very different from Azeri's, although they speak the same language their culture is different from Turkey.

I wish the people of Turkey the best and hope that I get to visit again one day!