Where East Meets West

Istanbul (formerly Constantinople) is an amazing city and the perfect stop over on your way to Asia or Central Europe. It is the major hub of Turkey, and is a bustling funky city. The people are friendly, the food is insanely good, and the city is untouched and beautiful. It is one of my favourite places in the world, and walking around its historic streets, and buildings you really feel the combination of east meets west. The Grand Bazaar is a beautiful shopping heaven, and whether you are just looking for a tourist trinket or a full-blown Turkish carpet, the Grand Bazaar is the place to go!
(Tip: They are pretty much always willing to do a deal if you are buying a few things). 


The Blue Mosque is perhaps the most beautiful place of worship I have ever been to. The entire ceiling and walls are hand painted and any pattern you think you see is actually slightly different as a visit to the Mosque will inform you that each circle must not be symmetrical.


Opposite the Blue Mosque is the Hagia Sophia which is an incredibly phenomenal Mosque turned church, turned mosque again. It was built in the 500s and now houses an impressive museum. Whether you are interested in museums or not you have to go and hire an audio guide to hear about the rich and turbulent history of such a beautiful and sacred building.

Topkapi Palace is beautiful too as is the Spice Market, and the whole Sultanahmet area is rich with culture and great food! I would recommend taking a ferry ride if it's good weather, taking a ride up a funicular to the beautiful Galata Tower which has wonderful shopping boulevards and beautiful wide streets with trams.

I cannot recommend Istanbul enough! I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

The Blue Mosque





Hagia Sophia 




The Grand Bazaar


                     

                     


Take a ferry ride






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