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This is the part where I wrap up my Istanbul posts and urge you to book a trip. Because if you’re interested in visiting a vibrant city with beautiful mosques and their minarets painting the skyline, bustling spice markets and rug shops, and a city that has a certain energy about it that’s contagious, Istanbul is for you. Got it? I think the best part was experiencing something so different from our own culture. Our trip seemed exotic because of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar. While you’re visiting Istanbul, Turkey don’t just visit the main tourist attractions. Explore the streets, go where the locals shop, and take it all in! Would you want to travel there?

       
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images from topkapi palace | istanbul, turkey

While we were in Istanbul, we visited Topkapi Palace which was the residence of Ottoman Sultans. It is now a museum and one of the oldest palaces in the world. We spent hours roaming around and admiring the beautiful details. Puffy jackets are necessary when it’s freezing cold. Luckily we had booked a self-guided tour through Viator so our local guide was able to give us a brief history lesson along the way and explain all of the different rooms in the palace. Have you ever been?

       
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hagia sophia + turkish rug shopping | istanbul, turkey

If you missed the first part of my trip to Istanbul you can find it here.< Our tour in Istanbul included a stop at Hagia Sophia and later a Turkish rug demonstration. After walking through a group of Turkish kitties, we caught a glimpse and were completely blown away. Hagia Sophia is massive! Not only is the design completely magnificent, but Hagia Sophia has had so many different uses, the history is also interesting. Hagia Sophia was an Easter Orthodox Cathedral, Roman Catholic Cathedral, Eastern Orthodox Cathedral, Mosque, and now a museum. After spending most of the day inside, we took a tour bus to one of the most popular Turkish rug shops in Istanbul. We were served tea and given a rug-making demonstration. It was incredible to see how quickly her hands moved. Even though we really wanted to purchase a rug, the prices were steep and the process […]

       
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blue mosque | istanbul, turkey

Our vacation to Istanbul, Turkey was one of the most unique trips we have taken… for multiple reasons. As soon as B and I stepped off the plane (in Asia) we saw beautiful mosques and their minarets sprinkling the skyline. We retrieved our bags inside, went to the ATM, and found transportation. That’s when the fun began. Since we were staying on the European side we had scheduled a van to pick us up at the airport and drive us over the Bosphorus bridge, which is a long suspension bridge connecting the two continents. Immediately after we left the airport, we noticed the extreme traffic and mess of cars everywhere. Unfortunately our driver didn’t help the situation by driving 15-20 mph under the speed limit, and other vehicles had to swerve around us the entire time. When we finally entered the European part of the city, the traffic multiplied by […]

       
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