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  • Istanbul- Where East Meets West

    Aarushi
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  • Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST)
    Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST)
    I don’t know if it was my obsession with baklava or my fascination with the cultural and geographical melting point that this place is, I knew before I’d even set foot here that I was going to fall in love with Turkey. My 4 day trip began when my flight landed at Ataturk Airport.
  • Istanbul
    Istanbul
    Prebook a cab from the airport
    We took a cab from the airport to our hostel, and our driver had an interesting taste in music that kept us company through the 35 minute cab ride to Sultan Ahmet. I would recommend pre booking a cab as the fares can run pretty high
  • Sultanahmet
    Sultanahmet
    This is one of the many picturesque streets of Istanbul, and the entirety of Sultanahmet is dotted with these and much more. This entire town was like a beautiful mosaic of vivid colours
  • Sultanahmet Square
    Sultanahmet Square
    After leaving our luggage in the hostel and resting for a bit, it was time to head out and explore the Sultanahmet square and it’s myriad colours
  • Sultanahmet Square
    Sultanahmet Square
    The streets of Sultanahmet make for some picturesque views, and give you the perfectautumn vibe with their warm colours and cozy feel
  • Sultanahmet Square
    Sultanahmet Square
    For all the shopaholics, Sultanahmet Square's many shops have got you covered. From murals to posters to crockery and bags, they've got you pretty well covered.
  • Sultanahmet Square
    Sultanahmet Square
    The streets of Sultanahmet make for some picturesque views, and give you the perfectautumn vibe with their warm colours and cozy feel
  • Sultanahmet Square
    Sultanahmet Square
    The shopkeepers are very helpful and sweet, but you have to haggle a fair amount to get a fair price. At one of these shops, we were charged 40 lira for a cloth hanging but with some haggling we were able to bring it down to 20.
  • Sultanahmet Square
    Sultanahmet Square
    But more than the shopping and the pretty colours and the nice people , there was something else that excited me.Every street is lined with shops and bakeries dishing out some of the most decadent turkish sweetmeats!
  • Sultanahmet Square
    Sultanahmet Square
    The insane variety of baklavas here can send anyone into a frenzy just by looking at them.The many flaky layers of the baklava- crunchy even when doused with copious amounts of sugar syrup and weighed down by a generous sprinkling of the finest nuts, sent me into a dessert heaven
  • Sultanahmet Square
    Sultanahmet Square
    I went absolutely nuts when I saw all this. I had found heaven in these bakeries of Sultanahmet!
  • Sultanahmet Square
    Sultanahmet Square
    I hoarded and hoarded a tonne of baklava, turkish delight, rose butter biscuits and other sweet delicacies that the shops here had to offer both that day, and the day before we left. I mean you can't have come to Turkey without taking these diabetic souvenirs back! Well worth it!
  • Sultanahmet Square
    Sultanahmet Square
    Exhausted with all our shopping and haggling and wanting a change from all the sweet baklava we helped ourselves to, we grabbed a snack of "Kokoreç", a chicken sandwich of sorts but far from basic. We bought it from this real sweet street vendor, Mehmet
  • Sultanahmet Square
    Sultanahmet Square
    We fell in love with Kokoreç that moment on and even grabbed one for dinner the night from a deli. Filling and decently priced, this is an absolutely delicious snack. You can’t leave Istanbul without biting into one of these
  • Basilica Cistern
    Basilica Cistern
    The next day we headed over to the Basilica Cistern located in Sultanahmet itself. More than the haunting Byzantine charm, there was something else that had me really intrigued. The Medusa heads and the fact that the Bond movie-“From Russia With Love” was shot here
  • Basilica Cistern
    Basilica Cistern
    The fact that the cistern is dimly lit coupled with the “interesting” architecture just adds to the haunting mystique of this underground once-reservoir.
  • Basilica Cistern
    Basilica Cistern
    Lo and behold! The two Medusa heads that lay overturned down here, are sure to terrify you. A good and thorough tour of the beautiful yet strange cistern later, it was time to head out ( and above the ground) and explore the rest that Sultanahmet had to offer.
  • Hagia Sophia Museum
    Hagia Sophia Museum
    We found out the hard way that the Hagia Sofia is closed on Mondays and had to come back later, but it was worth it. After our trip to the underground cistern and it’s dark ambience, the warm tones of this once Cathedral were a welcome change.
  • Hagia Sophia Museum
    Hagia Sophia Museum
    The place was once a cathedral, later a mosque and now finally is a museum. Housing some of the most beautiful exhibits of Byzantine architecture and decor, this place boasts of some ornate walls,murals and artefacts alongside its rich and culturally diverse history
  • Hagia Sophia Museum
    Hagia Sophia Museum
    There is not one spot inside the museum that won’t amaze you with its unique artefacts.
  • Hagia Sophia Museum
    Hagia Sophia Museum
    Ornate gold decoration like this adorn the entire museum lending it a regal charm.
  • Hagia Sophia Museum
    Hagia Sophia Museum
    The entire place has murals and other artistic pieces from its time as both the cathedral and the mosque.
  • Hagia Sophia Museum
    Hagia Sophia Museum
    The intricate details and craftsmanship in each and every corner of this architectural and cultural marvel will have you in absolute awe. Hagia Sofia is a perfect embodiment of harmony- quite like Istanbul itself
  • Hagia Sophia Museum
    Hagia Sophia Museum
    The intricate details and craftsmanship in each and every corner of this architectural and cultural marvel will have you in absolute awe. Hagia Sofia is a perfect embodiment of harmony- quite like Istanbul itself
  • Hagia Sophia Museum
    Hagia Sophia Museum
    We left this marvel completely in awe of its beauty and harmony.
  • Hagia Sophia Museum
    Hagia Sophia Museum
    By the time we left Hagia Sofia, clouds had shrouded over Sultanahmet and we ran for cover and to a cozy cafe to tuck in to some good food. What’s better than some good Turkish food on a rainy day!
  • Cafe Grande
    Cafe Grande
    My tryst with the delicious desserts of Istanbul wasn’t over and this time we were recommended Kunefe, a sweet cheese based dessert. It is a one of a kind dessert and there’s no way I could leave turkey without sinking my teeth into one. And of course my usual order of Baklava!
  • Cafe Grande
    Cafe Grande
    My tryst with the delicious desserts of Istanbul wasn’t over and this time we were recommended Kunefe, a sweet cheese based dessert. It is a one of a kind dessert and there’s no way I could leave turkey without sinking my teeth into one. And of course my usual order of Baklava!
  • Topkapi Palace Museum
    Topkapi Palace Museum
    The next day our first stop was Topkapi palace. One step in and I was absolutely mesmerised by the beauty of this ottoman era palace
  • Topkapi Palace Museum
    Topkapi Palace Museum
    A view into true ottoman living! Here’s some interior giving me major room decor goals
  • Topkapi Palace Museum
    Topkapi Palace Museum
    Home to the sultans for 400 years, the entire palace has its own grandeur and beauty. I was incomplete awe of each and every nook and cranny, the attention to details with the decor was painstakingly beautiful
  • Topkapi Palace Museum
    Topkapi Palace Museum
    The entire palace is painted in calming white and blue hues
  • Topkapi Palace Museum
    Topkapi Palace Museum
    Even the domes of the roof are adorned beautifully!
  • Topkapi Palace Museum
    Topkapi Palace Museum
    The palace boasts of 400 rooms, once housing the Sultan's wives and mother. Imagine the labour and precision that must have gone into adorning each and every square foot of this palace. Each stop later I'd fall in love with Istanbul and its beauty a little more- especially here.
  • Dolmabahçe Palace
    Dolmabahçe Palace
    The next day, we hopped on a team(the cheapest way to get here) and because we clearly hadn't gotten enough of Istanbul's many palaces, head over to the Dolmabahçe Palace!
  • Dolmabahçe Palace
    Dolmabahçe Palace
    We arrived here and it was perfectly sunny and that day. So before Going inside we decided to stay out and take a stroll in the many lawns and the outdoor area of the palace, which turned out to be just as beautiful as the interior
  • Dolmabahçe Palace
    Dolmabahçe Palace
    We spotted some ducks swimming in the pond!
  • Dolmabahçe Palace
    Dolmabahçe Palace
    As the sky became overcast was once again it was time for us to head in and explore the palace and its “harems” on the inside.
  • Dolmabahçe Palace
    Dolmabahçe Palace
    Once inside, we got an audio guide which is included in the price we paid for the entry (30 lira). The audio had a lot of information about the history of Dolmabahçe and it’s inhabitants. I really enjoyed this part of the tour, and almost forgot to take any pictures inside!
  • Dolmabahçe Palace
    Dolmabahçe Palace
    Dolmabahçe includes a lot more than just a beautiful palace and manicured lawns - like this Sun dial garden for instance.
  • Dolmabahçe Palace
    Dolmabahçe Palace
    We got really lucky that day and even spotted a male peacock frolicking in the lawns! Not making the same mistake I made inside the palace, I hurriedly whipped out my phone, to capture this peacock amidst the bushes- almost like a blooming flower!
  • Dolmabahçe Palace
    Dolmabahçe Palace
    Look at this majestic creature in its full glory!
  • Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
    Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
    Having thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the palace and a glimpse into its history, we grabbed some snacks and the classic Turkish tea at the Gaza Restaurant. Overlooking a beautiful view of the Bosphorous I enjoyed my linden flower infused tea here- about as Turkish as it gets!
  • La Petite Maison
    La Petite Maison
    That night we enjoyed some delicious French cuisine with a Turkish twist. Here’s some escargots with a Turkish zingy spice marinade.
  • Bosphorus Bridge
    Bosphorus Bridge
    What better way to end my trip to where east meets west by taking a ferry across the Bosphorous to see both the European Turkey and the Asian Turkey. You can almost see the difference! The east and the west have been married together beautifully here, and I love Turkey for that!

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