I have discovered a new amazing place on this planet. I’ve been wanting to visit Istanbul for a while, I did now, and it was enchanting.
My Turkish week-end felt like a walk through the pages of History. So much beauty and charm all in one place. A striking mix of serenity and liveliness. Big and impressive mosques, small and cute shops.
One of my favorite stops was the Spice Bazaar, obviously filled with myriads of different spices, but also tea, sweets, nuts and dry fruits of all kinds. Getting lost in the bazaar’s maze of alleys is absolutely captivating. The smell, the colours, the background sound of all the people walking and talking…
Just next to the Spice Bazaar is the New Mosque. I have to say, entering the various mosques left a certain mark on me. I’m far from being the religious type, and it wasn’t the first time I entered a mosque. Yet, for some unknown reason, it felt like a sacred ritual for me too. I guess it was the pure beauty of the place, or the sense of experiencing something so different from my culture, or I don’t even know what else it was. Thing is, I was mesmerized.
|The New Mosque|
The Topkapi Palace, which was the residence of Ottoman sultans for more than 400 years, is another must-see.
From our terrace, on the one side we could see the Blue Mosque, and on the other, the Hagia Sophia. Needless to say, this was the most romantic dinner I’ve ever had.
On the second day, we decided we would catch the tram and go up until Taksim Square. From that spot, the Istiklal Caddesi, perfect for high street shopping, spreads down to the Galata Tower.