Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wanderlust Wednesday: Istanbul

Happy Wednesday everyone! 

I'm a little bit off my schedule this week as we didn't get home from our long weekend in Oregon (pictures to come soon!) until late Monday night. Even though I worked on Monday like normal, today still feels like Tuesday to me. This week seems like it's flying, and the fact that it's already the middle of October and we leave for our trip in less than a month is just unbelievable to me. I have to confess, we have very little planned for this trip outside of having our plane tickets booked and having a basic itinerary down. We've just been so busy lately that we haven't had a chance to sit down and really do research. However, now that we're home from Oregon we don't have any travels on the calendar from now until when we leave so my main priority for the next few weeks is getting ready for our vacation. 

That's why today I wanted to take some time to talk about our first stop--Istanbul! 

We arrive in Istanbul the morning of Nov. 12th (after flying 2348723987 hours from Portland) and then we'll be there for three days before flying out to Israel. Istanbul is a place that I've always heard amazing things about. I think it's so interesting how it's essentially the gateway between Europe and Asia with so much rich history and influence from different cultures. I'm super excited to eat the food there and just experience the city, as I've heard it's a very vibrant place. However, I'm definitely not as familiar with what there is to see and do there in comparison to the cities such as London and Paris that we visited on our Europe trip. According to the little bit of research I've done so far, these are 10 sights not to be missed: 

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1. Topkapi Palace

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2. Hagia Sofia

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3. Blue Mosque

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4. The Grand Bazaar

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 5. Basilica Cistern

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6. Ferry ride along the Bosphorus

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 7. The Egyptian Market (Spice Market) 

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8. Visit a hamam (Turkish bath)

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9. Witness the Whirling Dervishes

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10. Walk the Galata Bridge

Now I want to hear from you--have you been to Istanbul? Are the sights on this list all worth seeing? Is there anything I left out?

Where I could really use guidance is on where to stay/where to eat! Cam and I really want to try and experience the local culture during the short time we're there, so if anyone has suggestions please let me know! Feel free to comment on this post or shoot me an email at inthepinkandgreen@gmail.com

Just writing this post has me excited about the all the things we're going to get to see and experience in less than a month! I'm counting down the days! Xoxo

7 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! i am so jealous!! Can't wait to hear all about it. :) I just went to Oregon too!

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  2. Gorgeous! I've never been there but I have been to Morocco, the spices are unbelievable, definitely stock up!

    xx

    jen

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  3. Oh one of the places I've always wanted to go!

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  4. I can't give you any tips because I haven't been there, but sounds like an amazing place, I'm sure you will have an amazing time.
    Kisses
    City-aholic.blogspot.com.es

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  5. I love your blog! I just found it and it is great!! I have been fotunate to go to Istanbul about a dozen times and it is fantastic! There is a place to eat called the Sunset Cafe. It has a great patio that overlooks the water. Traditional Turkish food and sushi (!!?!?). If it gets cool, they bring you great pashminas. The Blue Moseque and the Sophia are fantastic. There is a small market by there that is ok, but the Grand Bazaar is magical. Always bargain. They are ruthless in trying to get you to pay more but just keep haggling. There is great rugs, jewelry and of course scarves!! Good cafes inside too. Outside is more flea markety so I always skipped it. You are going to love it. It is one of the greatest cities.

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