With city limits that span across two continents, and a varied history of nearly 1700 years, Istanbul is as complex as she is beautiful.
So… Where do we start? How do we explain it? The easiest way is a blow-by-blow of our trip. It’s mostly pics, so if you’re a “Don’t bore us, get to the chorus” type of reader, then you’re in luck.
Next up, Hagia Sofia.
Then, we went to some proper Turkish Baths, (Cemberlitas Hammami was the name of the place we went to). They’ve been doing their thing since 1584!
No photos were taken here, and for good reason.
Males and females bathe separately. I can’t talk for Phoebe, but here’s my experience. After stripping down and wearing the tea-towel provided to me, I was completely scrubbed down by a grumpy, scrawny 50-year-old Turkish man. He might’ve been skinny, but he was rough!
It’s definitely something that’s outside my comfort zone, but it’s bizarrely relaxing. You can sit there in the sauna for a while and just soak up the atmosphere too.
Then, dinner with a view.
Then, this guy was washing his dog in the street, and I took a photo.
Then, the Egyptian Spice Market.
Then, we caught a ferry down the Bosphorous. Istanbul spans cross Europe and Asia, so we went to Asia, because why not?
Karakoy is the up-and-coming hipster suburb of Istanbul. Cool cafes, cool bars. Pricier than most other parts in the city.
From here, we headed to Istikal Street for dinner. There also happened to be a protest happening. Not sure what about, but I managed to get this cheeky shot of the police.
After this, it was time to head back to the apartment. Pack up, get some sleep and get ready to wake up super early to catch a plane to Cappadocia.
That’s it! Hope you enjoyed the pics from Istanbul.