istanbul
turkey

"Istanbul straddles the European and Asian borders. The busy city is loud, old, and lively. The daily prayers chanting over the loudspeakers add to the exotic ambiance of Turkey."

This was one of the cities I'll need to devote more time to. We barely got a chance to visit the Asian side of the city, there just wasn't enough time. The transport system is an efficient way of getting around and out of such a busy city. It was pretty impressive how the city has state of the art trams butted against buildings centuries old.

The weather was overcast most of the trip. I felt it felt fitting for a gritty, gray city.

The main square of the city was peaceful at the time we were there, but there were violent protests the week after.

The Grand Bazaar

The massive maze that is the Grand Bazaar is a great excuse to wander without an agenda. We didn't quite feel brave enough to do the whole haggling thing but was fun wandering and elbowing your way through it.

Turkish delight in every other stall. I didn't care much for it, glad I tried it!

The Bazaar has everything you could want. Even guns and fake uniforms, children sizes also available!

Other Sights and Sounds

The great thing about Istanbul is that it jam packs its popular and oldest attractions into a pretty compact space. This means that we were able to visit the Hagia Sophia, the ancient Cisterns, Blue Mosque and Galata Tower in one hit. I particularly recommend taking the elevator up to the top of the Galata tower. On a clear day, it offers great views of the European and Asian side of the city.

The Galata Tower by night.

The Basilica Cistern is amongs the oldest filtration systems in existence. It's a great place to go on a rainy day!

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