Gaze on the city with a rich culture, deep history and magical views ~ Invasion of Istanbul . . Arrived in Istanbul and literally hit the ground running. Landed at the SAW airport, was picked up immediately and headed to my hotel. It was time to get a tour of the city and started up getting views from outside of my hotel (➡️), got on the tour bus and got some more views of the city (➡️➡️➡️) and finally ended up at the blue mosque (pictured above) which was one of the places I planned to visit when I arrived in the city.
Закончится плохой сон, ты проснёшься и поедешь к морю. Будет интересная дорога: столкнёшься с плохим и с хорошим, увидишь жизнь и ещё сильнее полюбишь её. Тебе протянут руки, тебя оттолкнут, тебе откроют двери, будут и те, кто закроет их перед тобой. Не переживай, не сожалей, так находят «своё» и «своих».❤️ #travel#istanbul#bosphorous#sea#seaside#summer#trip#мысливслух#стамбул#море#лето
Day 6 of Turkey trip - Cappadocia We all have a bucket list & visiting Cappadocia was part of our one off bucket list item. We woke up early in our cave hotel, ran to terrace to witness spectacular view of 150+ balloons in sky. View of fairy chimneys, valleys and balloons often creates an experience which can’t be written in words. Food of the day was Salt Chicken at restaurant Kebapzaade. Chef takes a full marinated chicken, cut from centre, fill up with rice and cover it with a thick layer of rock salt. Since it required lengthy preparation of heating for 2.5 hours at 250 degrees in hot oven, we had preordered a day in advance. Restaurant owner creates a show of moving around the restaurant with chicken still on fire allows loads of Chinese to taking videos. Manager served it on our table only after breaking it with hammer, and slicing it carefully. Salt Chicken was the softest and yummiest chicken I ever had. We debated on this topic as Nitin mentioned similar process of Aata chicken in Punjab. Without wasting much time, we finished (almost) 2 chicken and gulped it down with Ayran (salt lassi). Next up was Jeep Safari tour of Panaromic view of valleys. We started with red valley, then to Goreme hospital monastery, Love valley for amazing panorama, and then drove down for a quick picture stop at Ortahisar castle. Few towns and villages are just like the same for hundreds of years. I casually asked a travel agent whether they have vacant space for balloo ride. She said Yes and we booked it without wasting any time though we paid a premium for it. Influence of Bollywood and specially Salman Khan is so much here that Turks learnt Hindi by watching Bollywood movies. Our Turkish phrase of the day was - Lutfen bana su ver- Please give me water. #turkishdiaries#v3aroundworld#makemoments#turky#istanbul#istanbulturkey#grandbazar#turkey#istanbul#istanbulcity#bosphorous#visitturkey#visitistanbul#travel#travelstories#travelblogger#travelphotography
Day 4 of Turkey trip - Istanbul Q - Why are there cats everywhere in Istanbul? Ans - If you kill a cat, you have to build a mosque. Cats on the streets, restaurants, on stairs, almost everywhere. These are neither feral nor pet cats. We noticed small food plates outside restaurants for cats, locals feeding cats, and cats with blankets. Later I googled a bit. Istanbul has a history of being cat a friendly city. Sultan once has cut his sleeves to let cat take a nap . We took a ferry from Beşiktaş terminal and went to Asian side of Istanbul - Kadikoy. This is non touristy part and famous for food, architecture and local markets. Talking about food, we tried a dessert which is also called The Queen of arabic Sweets - Kunafe. I had Kunafe first time during my visit to Palestine last year. It’s made of sweet cheese, and shredded Kunafe pastry. We started our day in Kadikoy with Kunafe . Walking further few streets, amazing vegetation lunch at Chiya Sofrasi. (It’s a must visit in Kadikoy). Roamed on streets and later took a ferry to Karakoy . Just happened to visit umbrella street while roaming around. We tried so many new street food delicacies -Kebaps, puddings, pickle juice, sweet vada, ice creams. Best thing about istanbul is that you don’t need to go to specific places. Just walk around streets, find beautiful neighbourhood cafes, observe graffiti on doors. We loved European style restaurants, cute decor and colourful surroundings. Now we learn a Turkish word in morning and keep talking to everyone whole day whoever is willing to listen. Merhaba is hello and teşekkür ederim is Thank you. And the best one - Güle güle is good bye. #turky#istanbul#istanbulturkey#grandbazar#turkey#istanbul#istanbulcity#bosphorous#visitturkey#visitistanbul#travel#travelstories#travelblogger#travelphotography#travelingturkey#westmeetseast#instaistanbul#instaturkey#travelinspiration#lovefromturkey#istanbulmoments#istanbulpage#amazingturkey