Sunday, June 24, 2012

Loving Istanbul in Under 48 Hours

Istanbul is one of the most beautiful cities I've ever visited.   We had a whirlwind visit earlier this year.  Of the ten of us, only Mom and I had been there before.  We loved everything just as much as we did the first time.

My Istanbul in under 48 hours:

Drinking apple tea with local shopkeepers
Puffing on a nargile
Getting my fortune told from Turkish coffee grounds
Topkapi Palace
Sultanhamet Mosque (Blue Mosque)
Hagia Sophia
Tulips (we were there during the annual Tulip Festival)
Grand Bazaar, brushing up on my bargaining skills
Underground Cistern with the famous Medusa
Learning about Turkish pottery
Catching filming for the new James Bond movie
Pastry (baklava and its cousins)
Turkish Delight
Egyptian Spice Market
Turkish Bath (hamman)
Sailing on the Bosphorus and seeing the dolphins
Rustem Pasha Mosque

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