Istanbul remains an interesting and colourful place, a city where you can literally walk from one continent to another. And if you like doing that, you can do that several times a day! I simply love the sights, sounds, and vibrance of the place.
On my first visit to this city I was all by myself, but this time round Jaunine was with me and I was quite curious to see her reaction to a city that impressed me on my first visit. I was not disappointed – she took to it like a duck to water!
Like me, she was immediately struck by the sheer vibe of the city – this place is pulsing and ALIVE 🙂 From the small carts selling roasted chestnuts and corn on the cob, to the street sellers and shop owners inviting you into their shops – everywhere you go you are surrounded by a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, colour, and a lust for life.
This was just the break we needed.
Yes, we took in the normal touristy sights simply because that is the quickest way to familiarise yourself with a place, but we were more interested in experiencing the place rather than just seeing it.
Make no mistake – there is much to be seen and experience!
Two more images below by Jaunine inside the well-known “Blue Mosque”.
Perhaps less well-known than the famous mosques in Istanbul, but equally interesting, is the Basilica Cistern.
An underground 6th century water cistern featuring magnificent marble columns and two mysterious Medusa heads.
No visit to Istanbul is complete until you’ve visited a carpet shop !
We all know the white and pink Turkish Delight, but the real Turkish Delight is something quite unique and freely available at the Spice Market.
There is of course much more to the Spice Market than just Turkish Delight!
There is much to see and do in Istanbul, but to us the hustle and bustle of the streets, coupled with the sheer energy around you, is what makes Istanbul such a great place to visit.
From the street-side cafés with the menu-waving owners luring you to their eateries, to the pedestrians, bicycles, motor scooters, cars, buses, and trams all vying for the same space – there is much to enjoy in this city!
Jaunine managed to capture the energy on the streets quite beautifully in the following two images:
At the end of a long day on foot, one can go have a beer and a nice meal at one of many restaurants while observing Istanbul life around you !
We are sure to return here and hope that you will too.
Next up – the strange landscape of Cappadocia. Stay tuned!