Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Travel With Me: Turkey

Hello beautiful and wonderful people, how is going with you?. Anyway, today's article is about my trips to Turkey yeeees TURKEYYYYYY.
Turkey is a lovely country which has amazing views, super delicious food and very hospitable people. My first trip was in September 2012, I was so scared because of different reasons:
> The language: all you hear in Turkey is Turkish (obviously) with a little bit of English and Arabic. So, don't be afraid like I was and trust me you can communicate with them.
> Getting lost: I got the chills because it was my first time to see Turkey and I was scared if I will get lost.
Anyway, so I will stop this bla bla bla and let's get started.
1- Hotel: I traveled to Istanbul six times and I stayed in four different hotels. So, personally, I love Bekdas Deluxe Hotel which is located in Mimar Kemalettin Mah. Derinkuyu Sok. 4, 34130 (It is very close to Istanbul University). You can check booking for details and prices and bare in your mind that the former change according to seasons.

2- Sights: Istanbul is one of the few great cities which are deservedly better known than their countries, it is the only city on the earth situated in two continents: Europe and Asia. If you are a fan of history and culture like me, I promise you will enjoy your holiday there. Anyway, let's startttttt:
> Topkapi Palace: the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, housing an exquisite collection of gems, jewellery, thrones, robes .......
- Admission: The palace 30TL, Harem 15TL and Hagia Irene 20TL.
> Hagia Sophia: the ancient basilica built by Constantine the great, the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time.
- Admission: 30TL.
> Sultan Ahmet Mosque: is the best interior designed mosque in Ottoman architecture with its 20.000 pieces Iznik tiles.
- Admission: free.
> Hippodrome: is the center of byzantine entertainment where 30.000 civilian was killed by order of queen with arrow rain in the inside of it.
- Admission: free.
> Grand Bazaar: is one of the largest and oldest covered market in the world with more than 60 streets and 4.000 shops. It is well known for its jewellery, carpet shops and ceramic plates.
- Admission: free.
> Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar): if you are a fan of spices; dried fruits; Turkish delights and more, this bazaar will be your best friend till the end of your trip.
- Admission: free.
> Dolmabhace Palace: was the first European-style palace built by Ottoman Sultans. This palace is interesting for its furniture and fittings. Ataturk lived the final of his life in the residental part of the palace and died there.
- Admission: 30TL.
> Basilica Cistern: it was constructed for Byzantine Emperor Justinian 1, during the Byzantine period the cistern would have stored water for use by the palace.
-Admission: 20TL.
> Galata Bridge: Galata Koprusu spans the Golden Horn, a naturally inlet and protected harbor in the Boshorus River where it meets the Sea of Marmara.
- Admission: free.
> Suleymaniye Mosque: is a 16th century structure built during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent. It was designed by famed Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan and stands on Istanbul's 3rd hill.
-Admission: free.
> Istiklal Street (Independence Street): it is the home to cafes, restaurants, fashion stores, art galleries, cinemas, theatres, hotels, music stores and more.
- Admission: free.
> Little Hagia Sophia: it is thought that the church was designed by the same architects who designed the Hagia Sophia and that it was a kind of practice run for Hagia Sophia.
- Admission: free.
> Miniaturk: the attraction is to-scale miniature 3D recreation of famous landmarks from Istanbul and other Turkish cities. In addition, there is a Turkey-Istanbul 5D helicopter simulator; shopping center; restaurant-café; kid's playground, a ferry boat ride and more.
- Admission: 10TL.
> Princes' Islands: there are 9 islands with a different size, no car is permitted and transport is provided by horse-drawn carriages. The area is an awsome place for swimming and relaxing.

3-Food: Turkey diverse food culture draws on the location between east and west; the rich history of the Ottoman Empire brought cuisine from across the continent and the legacy left by the Sultan's royal kitchens. I have tried so many restaurants in Istanbul whether in Old city or New city and my favourite one is Sar Restaurant (Yeniceriler Cad. No: 47 Beyazit Istanbul); I love everything about this restaurant: the food, the stuff, the hospitality.... 'Halis abi herşey için teşekkürler'.

  All the pictures were taking between 2012-2015 not 2007 lol (I had a problem with my camera that day). Well, I hope you enjoyed reading my article so don't forget to check out my instagram and stay tuned for more.
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