Istanbul is a fascinating and great city, with a lot to experience and see. Here is what I chose to do in my recent three day visit there.
1. Stroll along the Bosphorous.
As a sea lover, I was firstly drawn to the waterside. To smell the air, see the great bridges, and watch the endless passage of giant vessels ‘through’ this city.
Ambling along the long promenade, enjoy the coffee shops, restaurants, joggers, fishermen and men playing back gammon.
One of many old buildings along the promenade, no doubt with its own personal little story reaching back to the Ottoman Empire
2. Indulge in Turkish food
Sample the varied tastes and colors of Turkish delights! Order traditional Turkish dishes such as stuffed peppers, vine leaves and small meat balls in red sauce. Don’t forget the seafood.
3. Treat yourself to the Hamam
I was lucky to have a beautiful hamam all to myself. It is a peaceful, invigorating and purifying experience. Let your body relax on a warm marble slab. From time to time, douse yourself in a cool shower.
4. Select some of this great cities fabled and historical sites
The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Basilica Cistern, the Byzantine Hippodrome, and Topkapi Palace or the Grand Bazaar- it’s easy to see why many tourists never venture further than the historical centre of Istanbul.
5. Take a night Cruise along the Bosphorous – utterly Romantic
Viewing the city from the sea, especially at sunset, as I did, is a magical experience.
It has been ten years since I last visited Istanbul. This time my experience was so special I fell in love with it and promised myself to comeback very soon!
Hope you enjoyed my report, p