I have been wanting to go to Istanbul for the past 50 years 😂
I saw a movie : That Man in Istanbul in mid 60s and read Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express at about same time. Ever since a visit to Istanbul has been on my mind. Finally I managed to go there in end October 2019, on my way back from Canada.
It is an amazing city, the only one in the world stretching to two continents 😇 Istanbul is filled with history, great food (for non vegetarians) and friendly, beautiful people.
7 million in European part and 11 million in Asian part. 3 million people come to work from Asian to European side everyday 😇 Galata Bridge connects old with the new European part.
On my flight from Toronto to Istanbul I met two young girls, friends from Edmonton, Canada; traveling to meet friends in Turkey! I love such people 💕
Met many interesting tourists from all over the world almost everyday!
Harborside Eminönü buzzes with activity as boats unload passengers at the ferry docks near the city’s bazaars. The Egyptian Bazaar, or Spice Bazaar, has stalls full of fruit, teas, and spices, while the halls of the Grand Bazaar are a colorful jumble of carpets, fabrics, lamps, and jewelry. The Süleymaniye Mosque towers over the area, and the 16th-century Rustem Pasha Mosque is famed for its Iznik tiles.
Hagia Sofia (Holy Wisdom) was a Greek Orthodox Church for more than 900 years and for a short period a Roman Catholic Church and Ottoman Mosque for more than 400 years. It was converted into a museum in 1935, once Turkey had become a republic in 1923.
Bosporus bridge (1970 -73 ) connects Asia and European parts. Before this bridge boats were used to travel between the two parts. Bosphorus river/creek merges with Black Sea.
The Blue Mosque can accommodate 10000, including gardens. In summer people sit outside to pray.
Topkapi Palace is another historic and beautiful building.
Dervish performance at Orient Express Restaurant: A dream come true for me.
On the left is Orient Express building facade, still same as decades ago. Pic below that is the inside.
There are 7 islands and known as Islands Princess. Took a ferry ride and visited two of these. Heybeliada is a smaller island and enjoyed horse carriage ride there. All vehicle are electrical but there is horse shit smell😝
Met a couple from Delhi and 6 female friends from Chennai, traveling together – leaving their families behind 😊
Bigger island is Buyukada. All islands combined population is around 10000 and this one 5000.
Sea of Marmara is one side and Black Sea on the other
The guy above was selling some inexpensive kitchen gadgets. What an entertaining performer and he sold many pieces on the small boat ride.
Visited Blue Mosque more than once and prayed/meditated there.
Hippodrome is 15th century BC, obelisk from Egypt; base Roman 2nd century. There used to be Chartiot races etc here.
Cafe Mavera on top of Camlica Hill; great city view. Good cup of tea with Amir (Vietnamese, now living in Finland). He was visiting Istanbul for hair transplant and travel😇 He said it was very cheap here! I was told that the mosque at Camlica can accommodate more than 70000 worshippers 😇🙏
It was interesting to meet another group of females traveling together, leaving their families behind 😊 These were from Bangladesh, living in England.
Quite like Indian stuffed bread (Parantha). Was good to have a vegetarian one on my last day 😋
God willing shall visit Turkey again for a longer stay 💕🙏 and see more of this beautiful country 💕💕