This time I’m happy to write to you from our hotel room in Istanbul. We’re here for a few days to mix work and pleasure and I couldn’t be more thankful for this.
I’ve actually visited Istanbul before, but in my eyes it doesn’t count since I was 6 years old and almost can’t remember a thing. It was quite unexpected that the people I’ve spoken prior to our departure whom already visited Istanbul (like my brother in law) were incredibly enthusiastic, even more compared to other world cities they visited.
And I have to say that after having spent a few days here I completely agree with all the great comments I’ve had about this beautiful city. I actually think it’s one of the most beautiful cities I’ve visited before due to its architecture, atmosphere, history, people, food, etc. A
Our first day was all about playing a good tourist and visiting all the touristic attractions:
Photo 1: The Blue Mosk is one of the most visited places by tourist. You can have a look inside and see all the beautiful art and architecture. Photo 4: It amazes me how well maintained Istanbul is. It's one of the world's biggest cities and somehow has beautiful maintained gardens filled with flowers everywhere. It's the perfect way to get in the Spring mood.
Photo 5 & 6: To extend the spring mood I had to get one of these floral headbands. Almost all female tourist had one so indeed I was a good tourist for the day.
Photo 7, 8 & 9: The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. It didn't even surprise me that this bazaar gets 250.000 to 400.000 visitors on an every time basis, it's ginormous!
Photo 13: When in Istanbul visit the Brosphurus: A naturally formed waterway that connects the European and asian part of Turkey. A boat tour is the best way to see a big part of the city, a real recommendation.
Photo 14: A Turkish woman demonstrating how a carpet is made.
Photo 16 , 17, 18 & 19: Unlike a real tourist I love adding a little fashion in my touristy look. Of course it has to be comfortable otherwise I wouldn't be able to walk around the entire day. This usually means wearing flats instead of heels! A