Crazy, Beautiful and Chaotic Istanbul

IMG_2872As I mentioned, I was in Istanbul last week for Spring break.  (On a side note, I still can’t get over having a Spring break.  Yippee!)  Back to Istanbul, which I absolutely loved.  It is a crazy, chaotic mix of east and west.  There is at once an energy and the feeling that time runs a bit different here.  We kept joking that we were on Turkish time which seems to have a lot more seconds in each minute!  Here are some of my favorite moments from my trip.

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We rented a flat and there was an amazing rooftop terrace where we drank a lot of wine.

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The mosques are incredibly beautiful and ornate on the inside.

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The mosques are all quite beautiful with their domed roofs and arched doorways.
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Istanbul and the Bosphorus

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Bazaar
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Tons of spices, dried fruit and nuts for sale everywhere.

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Super fresh and lovely fish.
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Mosque

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We walked down a side street with chickens wandering about.  Oh and there are tons of cats everywhere in Istanbul.  I’m guessing it’s to manage rats and mice.  I think there are more cats than Turkish people.

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Beautiful Istanbul

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The Blue Mosque

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Hagia Sophia

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We went to the same breakfast spot almost everyday and I always ordered the small mavra breakfast.  It had two types of cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, jam and bread.  I loved that it wasn’t too sweet!IMG_3013

There were bazillions of jellyfish in the Bosphorus!

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I don’t remember what these were called but they were these very thin flat breads stuffed with different toppings like meat, potatoes, spinach or cheese.

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I chose the mixed which had ALL the toppings.  Yum!

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Spring was in full bloom and the tulip festival was happening while we were there.

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Sunshine, nice view and a coffee or drink.  Does it get any better?

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On the longest walk to a metro station EVER, we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this view.

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Spiced Lamb Chops and Rice Pilaf.  Delish!

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We had to try the hookahs.  They come in a whole bunch of flavors.  We chose mint and apple, and the mint was by far my favorite.

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Apple tea to go with hookahs.  Of course.

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Domes of Istanbul
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Mosque

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Roast Sol Fish.  It came out sizzling with spices and peppers and it was so good.  

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Inside Hagia Sophia

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Inside Hagia Sophia

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Service in the Blue Mosque.  The women wear all different colors and patterns on their head scarves.  The result is this beautiful sea of color.

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We went to this hammam for the traditional bath and a massage.  It was an amazing, relaxing experience.

IMG_3122One of my friends had a birthday while we were there and we went to the excellent Imbat restaurant.  I ordered the Tombalak which was lamb simmered in milk, onion and paprika.  It was meltingly tender and so flavorful.

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Here I am being served my dish.  As you can see, I can’t take my eyes off of  the delciousness.

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6 responses

  1. These are great photos…and they are making me super excited for our trip in 2014 (which seems far away, yes, but hopefully the time will pass quickly!). The food, the colors and the architecture look wonderful! Hooray for spring travels :)

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