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Istanbul

Istanbul is such a beautiful city.  It’s split in two by the Bosphorus river, making it on two continents.

THINGS TO DO IN ISTANBUL:

  • Visit the Topkapi palace, Blue mosque, and the Hagia Sophia. At the least. There are so many beautiful historical buildings there.
  • Go to a haman, the traditional Turkish bath!
  • Take a ferry ride across the Bosphorus- it’s beautiful, and you can see more of the city.
  • Take the tram to Taksim square.
  • Eat with a view- there are so many restaurants with beautiful views of the city and the Bosphorus.
  • Shop the Grand Bazaar.
  • The Museum of Innocence- a nostalgic look at Istanbul’s past, tied to the beautiful love store in Orhan Pamuk’s book of the same name.
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These little corn and chestnut carts were everywhere, and the city always smelled of them!

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The Hagia Sophia, originally a Greek Orthodox Christian church built in 537 AD but converted into a mosque in the 14th century, now functioning as a museum.

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Tea after an excellent dinner overlooking the Bosphorus river.

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We were walking back to our apartment late after dinner when I saw this little produce shop open.

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“After all, a woman who doesn’t love cats is never going to be make a man happy.” ― Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence

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To be caught up in the beauties of the city and the Bosphorus is to be reminded of the difference between one’s own wretched life and the happy triumphs of the past,” -Orhan Pamuk

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