Where east meets west. There was something about Istanbul that I can’t quite explain, city pulses with an irresistible energy.
The legendary mosques are magical, the call to prayer was echoing from the Blue Mosque across the entire city. If mosques and minarets are the first things that come to mind when you think of Istanbul, allow me to add other things that remain fixed in my memory: stands selling fresh pomegranate juice, pistachios and glass display cabinets piled high with baklava. Yes, food.
I visited famous markets and I had incredible experiences. Don’t be afraid to bargain (the real price is usually two or three times lower than the one you’ll be told), salesmen love the process of bargaining. After couple of hours at the Grand and Spice Bazaar I wished I could take suitcases full straight home with me. Exploring the streets of bustling Taksim and having Turkish tea (çay) with a new-found friend in the Grand Bazaar after a good purchase was so much fun. Crossing between the two continents is a must, I took the public ferry from the European to Asian side of the city.
I hope you like this little photo diary I put together to share my time adventuring through Istanbul. Let me know if you have visited Turkey and how did you like it. If anyone has any feedback I’d be so appreciative to receive your comments and questions below.