What is it about Istanbul…

Perhaps because it was sunny, I saw the best side of Istanbul.

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But I won’t deny that it may have been because of the amazing food.  That tends to get me every time.

And a healthy start to the day meant I didn’t have to feel so guilty about indulging in baklava later!

Pomegranate juice in Istanbul, Turkey  Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Could it be the amazing spice markets where I picked up delicious teas and Turkish delight?

Spice Market in Istanbul Turkey, Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Or the modern meets tradition, Asia meets Europe flavour that appealed to me?

Istanbul Turkey, Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Copyright Mandy Sinclair

And that history seemed to be present around every corner? Like in the amazing Aya Sofia.  (I’m not much a see every site in the city kinda gal so I picked what I thought would be the best.)

Aya Sofia, Istanbul Turkey, Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Or could it be the modern art scene?  Oh the modern art. I spent at least two days just visiting galleries. Like SALT Beygolu.  A-maz-ing!

SALT Gallery, Istanbul Turkey Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Copyright Mandy Sinclair

But maybe, just maybe, knowing that I had eight days to spend in the amazing city meant I was able to relax and enjoy every moment while soaking up the atmosphere in the trendy Galata area.  By the way, I highly recommend Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk, especially if you are visiting Istanbul or planning to!

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Or perhaps because I was in desperate need of an escape from my day-to-day life and Istanbul provided a perfect retreat.

New Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey, Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Copyright Mandy Sinclair

But whatever it was, Istanbul gets a five-star review from me!
P.S. I’ll be going back in a few weeks. Have you been to Istanbul and have some tips? Any must-sees? Must-dos? Must-eats?

8 thoughts on “What is it about Istanbul…

  1. Amazing! I spent six weeks there once (and two weeks another time) and LOVE it, so exciting and colourful – you really captured the feeling of the city well. I’m super impressed by your photography skills! xo

  2. Hi Mandy,
    I have just discovered your blog. Your values are so similar to mine. I hate “stuff”. Morocco blew me away. I’m from Australia and was living in Edinburgh when I first travelled to morocco. I never wanted to leave. It was beyond all else. Your tips are great on where to go. I am coming back in march and spend most of my time in fes but I will be traveling all over for a month. I will be checking in now I’ve found your blog.
    Thanks
    Mel

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