I figured it best to kick things off with the city I’ve heard countless people describe as their favorite international destination. Istanbul is a transcontinental city where one part of its population lives in Asia and the other in Europe. Combining a rich cultural history, vibrant markets, Byzantine architecture, stunning mosques, and famous seafood restaurants, Istanbul is a city full of energy and charm.
Here are some of the things I want to see and do in Turkey’s largest city. Remember, I’ve never been so these are not recommendations. More like a rough guideline for a future trip…
- Visit the Sultanahmet Mosque (or the Blue Mosque).
- Explore the underground waters of the Basilica Cistern.
- Take in the view at the Galata Tower.
- Take the ferry up the Bosphorus and to the Princes’ Islands.
- Ride the tram through Istikal Ave., one of the largest shopping districts.
- Black tea (in cafes while people watching)
- Turkish breakfast, sweets in Beyonglu, fresh pomegranate juice, and stuffed grape leaves
- Eat ice cream at the A’jia Hotel
- Yogurt in Kanlica
- Seafood on the Bosphorus
- Grand Bazaar
- Spice Market
- Night Markets
- Comfy clothes, walking shoes, and a large bag
- Pretty much any kind of crazy pattern/material/accessory combination you want is going to work in Istanbul.
- From what I’ve seen, a lot of people dress like 90′s club kids. I really hope that’s not true.
So, what do you think? Have you ever been to Turkey? Will you go? What’s on your must visit list?