The Sunset Between Two Continents – Welcome to Istanbul

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Turkish coffee! I love the details!
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Take a break from the traffic…go visit the Prince Islands!
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The Blue Mosque at praying time.Free to visit.
The tourists start to arrive and the festival season kicks off in Istanbul
Top events by month in Istanbul 

March: Akbank Short Film Festival, Nevruz

April: International Istanbul Film Festival, Istanbul Tulip Festival

June: Istanbul Music Festival July: Efes Pilsen One Love, Istanbul Jazz Festival

September: Istanbul Biennial, Efes Pilsen Blues Festival

October: Akbank Jazz Festival and Istanbul Design Biennial

Istanbul is perfect for a family-friendly break

children will be appeased by the fantastic baklava, lokum ( Turkish delight) and dondorma (ice cream), the castles, the underground cisterns and parks. Toddlers and bigger kids love ferries, and Istanbul offers loads of chances to climb aboard. The Princes’ Island is a good offer as the kids love taking horse-drawn carriage and can also hire bicycles to get around. The city’s contemporary art gallery has several exhibits which includes multimedia and teens will amuse and engage.

Top 8 attractions as a local 

Markets -street vendors such as in Kadikoy, selling fruit and vegetables. Most neighborhoods have a produce market where the stallholders hawk farmhouse cheese, olives and fish.

The Grand Bazaar, my favorite place in Istanbul. Safe as everywhere else. And the kindness of people is unbelievable !

Be aware of the rules when you visit the mosques.Even though very touristic,the primary function is religious one so avoid visiting on prayer times. The Ottoman mosques are jewels in the city’s crown.

Picnicking and promenading are some of the locals favorite pastimes and there are many parks and gardens free to the public. Enjoy the Hippodrome in Sultanahme,the Yildiz Park and the Emirgan Woodson the Bosphorus !

The sunset over the world’s most beautiful  skyline, the fortune to see it in between two continents.

Wander the streets surrounding of the Galata Tower,while enjoying an aperitif and admiring the boutiques. The Old City is unique.

The Salt Galata,the 19th century building has been converted in a cutting-edge cultural centre.

Experience the ethnic enclaves by visiting Fener, a traditionally Greek suburb that has at its heart the symbolic headquarters of the Greek Orthodox church.

Babylon is an Istanbul institution with diverse program of live music and Salon an intimate venue in the headquarters of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture & Arts.

Topping the seven hills of the Old City is not necessarily a lifetime journey . In every corner a fantastic cultural experience lies and Istanbul invites you to comeback! This magical meeting place of East and West is made of beautiful people, very kind and friendly. The details in the way they care in hospitality and the culinary heritage is extraordinary. The restaurants in Istanbul are known as the best in the country and they are all over.However, most visitors prefer to sample the succulent kebabs or the freshly caught fish and that are the city’s signature dishes. As far as we know, Turkey is on the world best destinations rank along Mexico and France and if you’re trying to guess why we invite you to get the tickets and find out by yourself! Tips while in Istanbul: try Turkish coffee and the Turkish bath.And be prepared to drink tea all over the day. Do not worry, there are plenty of take-away, ATM, ferries, buses and nobody misses home.Oh, Turkish people speak English pretty well but they can be a bit shy.Hopefully, not for too long! Great people make great destinations.

I want to say THANK YOU to the Turkish people! You’re hospitality is the reason why you’re at the top of the world tourism ranking and I’m very grateful to you!

Go, visit, explore Turkey. I’m are sure that you won’t regret!

Meet Istanbul:#1 go on a journey into the history of candy making in Istanbul. Here’s the story of these colorful and delicious candies from the royal Ottoman cuisine to today #2 explore the coast of tranquility “If the world was one country, Istanbul would be its capital” Napolean said

 

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