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Istanbul, where East meets West.

A sea of tulips in front on the Blue Mosque in Sultanahmet; markets bustling with bodies as the aromas of spices fill the air; smiling faces standing outside restaurants ushering you in to sample their meals; stray cats and dogs milling on the streets in search of the scraps given by kind locals; cobblestone pathways winding through the streets that are lined with cramped buildings.
These are the images that come to mind when I recall my time spent in Istanbul, the city where the East and West meet.

Hagia Sofia

Filled with culture, history, religion, and delicious food, my time in Istanbul was fleeting. Four days felt like a long time to spend there, but when I think of the sheer expanse of this city compared with what we saw, we only scratched the surface. The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, the Grand Bazaar and the Topkapi Palace Gardens were all on the to-do list. The mosques were stunning with their intricate mosaic walls and ceilings, and the gardens surrounding them flooded with tulips in full bloom. The bazaars hummed with the constant stream of people moving through the stands looking at the sweets, spices, mosaics, carpets and Turkish wares.
Hagia Sofia

Hagia Sofia


Inside the Blue Mosque

Inside the Blue Mosque


The highlight though of my Turkish adventure was most definitely the food. Oh my, it was delicious. Fresh Turkish bread straight out of the oven with baked hummus, kebab plates filled with charred meat, vibrant salads, manti (Turkish ravioli), baklava, Turkish delight and apple tea are just a few of the highlights.
Delicious, divine, delectable Apple Tea.

Delicious, divine, delectable Apple Tea.


Galata Tower

Galata Tower







  1. cansubora says

    I’m glad you liked my hometown. Istanbul is a multicolored city. I hope you visit again!

    Love from Istanbul…

  2. Hi Samantha! I loved reading about your time in Istanbul – its at the very top of my travel bucket list right now 🙂 And hearing about your time there made me want to visit even more than I already did! I also read your post from a few months ago (about moving abroad) – congratulations to you for doing something so many are too afraid to do! You are brave and inspiring, and I am excited to hear much more about all your wonderful adventures! Safe and happy travels! 🙂

    • Hi Emma! Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I would certainly recommend Istanbul to be on the top of your travel bucket list, it’s a beautiful place. Once I have stopped being lazy I will post some more on the rest of my travels and time in London so far! 🙂

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