Happy Monday everyone. In 2012 I got an amazing opportunity to go to Istanbul, Turkey with a friend of mine from college. Istanbul is a beautiful city split between Europe and Asia. Most of the tourist attractions are on the European side but most residents live on the Asian side (which is where I stayed with my friends grandparents).
Istanbul is located on the Bosphorus River and has plenty to see and do. Unfortunately Turkey is not the safest place to travel right now but hopefully someday it will be so everyone can see how beautiful it is.
Things to Eat/Drink:
- Turkish Pizza
- Lentil Soup
- Kashar Pide (pictured above) – essentially cheesy bread…YUM!
- Turkish Tea
Things to Do:
Take a Ferry Ride to Büyükada (one of the Prince Islands)
One of my days in Istanbul we took a day trip to the Prince Islands. The ferries to get to the different islands are relatively inexpensive and the perfect distance for a day trip. Unfortunately while I was there a terrible storm hit the island so my friend and I took shelter at a Starbucks (Starbucks is literally everywhere) for a few hours which cut into a lot of our time to explore.
The Grand Bazaar is a MUST if you ever find yourself in Istanbul. You can get a lot of things (spices, purses, rugs, paintings) for very cheap. Make sure to barter so you get the best price. I bought some amazing drink coasters and pot holders while I was there that I still use in my apartment today.
There is a restaurant across the street from Çiçek Pasajı called MADO. My friend and I stopped there for coffee and the waiter brought out a plate to me that said “you eyes very nice”.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Boat Cruise on the Bosphorus River