Starting at the Blue Mosque we made our way towards the water visiting the Spice Market and fish boat area before crossing the bridge and hiking up to Galata tower. Next we strolled down the fancy shopping street and took pictures in Taksim Square. After a great lunch we walked back to Sultanahmat via the outdoor markets. Quick recharging of Gopro batteries and we were out in search of a good dinner. Anyways, we ended up going up and down a few steep hills and then continued on another 5 kilometers! Great day, I think I got a little sunburn on my nose.
Matt keeps sending me cat updates from home.
It’s a steep climb up a hill to get to the tower zone but it’s an awesome spot to people watch.
Lamb, chicken, chicken wings.
Spicy eggplant salad.
It took 7 hours by bus from Bugas to Istanbul, unfortunately an hour of that time was wasted at the stupid disorganized border crossing. Did you know that Canada and Australia are the only two countries in the world who have to fork out 50€ to enter Turkey whereas everyone else only pays 25€? Why? Anyways, the trip down went well, the bus stopped just the right amount of times for pee breaks (I get nervous in cars without toilets now) and there where zero smelly people sitting near me. Once we arrived at the central bus station I knew just what to do; I grabbed mom by the arm, pushed us onto a busy metro, got off at the right station, weaved us through thousands of street vendors and jumped onto the local tram. Our hotel is right in front of the Blue Mosque, our room is on the top floor next to the breakfast area with the most incredible views. I love it here!
Our street had a Burger King. We certainly never ate there!
Turkish bread is to die for. The French and the Turks are the best bread makers in the world.
Biggest Doner in town.
It gets very hot during the day, the streets fill up with people as soon as the sun sets.
Love the snowflakes.
Young people sit on the steps under the Galata Tower at night to drink beers and socialize.
Real Çiğ Köfte.
These street-side mussels with rice dealers are very popular yet not exactly legal. They pack up their stands and hide when the cops walk or drive by.
The Galata bridge at night.
We had so much fun in Istanbul, non-stop exploring, eating and laughing. We were lucky enough to catch a bus direct home and I mean direct, the bus pulled over on the side of the highway 100 meters from our house!
I made them hold hands. Aren’t they the cutest siblings in the world!?!
This is Matt outside trying to be patient while we shop.
I was going for a “serious face” look but my “I’m so freaking tired face” took over.
Cool leather shoes.
Second floor of a cool coffee shop under Galata Tower, just around the corner from the apartment Carla rented last year.
This means poop in Polish. We all giggled.
I’m sorry this photo is fuzzy but I just love the guy on the tram.
The gang drinking a well deserved beer under the bridge.
It was about 34 degrees that day.
Entrance to the Grand Bazaar.
Agata is the best person to go to bazaars with. She gets so excited, touches everything, talks to everyone and makes you stop several times along the way to regroup, hug and giggle.
Local simit dealer.
Passages under the streets are just as busy as the congested roads above.
Our hotel was only minutes away from all the big attractions!
$0.50 for fresh orange juice. Yes please!
We didn’t waste any time upon arrival, straight to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
I’m not going to lie, this time we never fully entered the Blue Mosque because the lineup was just insane.
Nothing makes Matt happier than eating grilled fish off a rocking boat.
Check out the view!
View of the Galata Tower.
Bun, onions, fish, lettuce and lemon juice.
I prefer the fish bread on the Taksim side of the bridge because they have better toppings and they sprinkle sumac on it all!
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