Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Now it’s Turkish delight on a moonlit night

walking around the first night in the city

the Topkapi Palace

the Grand Bazar

the Spice Market

 the Cistern

the Hagia Sophia

 the inside of the Blue Mosque

Now that’s what I call street food…
the Asia side
the Cagaloglu Hamami – over 200 years old!

Istanbul was an incredible place! It is much like any other cosmopolitan city but you can feel this undercurrent of history flowing through the streets. It was lovely know some of the history behind the sites and yet be able to learn more. We visited so many places in Istanbul: the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Cagaloglu Hamami, a cruise on the Bosphorus, the Hagia Sophia, the Galata Tower, the Basilica Cistern, the Grand Bazar, the Spice Cistern, and the Asia side of Istanbul. 

It’s one of those places that gets placed on the top of your to-go list and even after travel there you cannot quite believe that you were actually in that historic place! I mean it’s thousands of years old, served as capital to four different empires, straddles two different continents (Europe and Asia), and is the ruler of one of the busiest waterways in the world (the Bosphorus that connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean). 

What an amazing trip!

See some more pictures of Istanbul here and on my instagram page!