1.08.2015

Istanbul, Turkey: Old City



Hello darlings! Istanbul is a city filled with fascinating history with diverse culture, religion, geographical location and time. A once Greek colony, later conquered by the Romans and ended with a conquest by the ottoman empire is bustling with people from all walks of life. In the old city, I explored the Sultanahmet mosque - also known as the blue mosque for the blue tile adorning its interior, Ayasofya - a Greek orthodox church turned mosque and now a museum, and the Topkapi palace - residence of the ottoman sultans nearly 400 years ago.


I lodged in the old city so as to easily indulge in the fascinating history Istanbul has to offer. The old city showcases Istanbul's glorious past, crammed with mosques, palaces, churches and houses dating from the Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman era. 



Layers of history unfolds before me as I walk down the city streets with a great view of Byzantine churches and ottoman palaces.  The call to prayer emanating from the minarets, fresh pomegranates and Turkish tea are a few of my favorite things about Istanbul. The people are warm and friendly and are often curious about you and where you hail from. 





If you're a cat lover you're in luck as stray cats plague this city. At It's every turn is a stray cat or two scurrying for food or just lazying around. Everything, I repeat everything is within walking distance. The city can be explored by foot with  historic sites, shopping precincts, restaurants and hotels all within walking distance!   




Here is what I wore while visiting historic sites. I got this blue number during my last visit to Dubai and couldn't wait to wear it. 



  Stay tuned for part II of my travel diary from Istanbul's New City.



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    1. Thank you hun. I got loads of compliments from Turkish women regarding my Jalabiya.

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  2. Beautiful photos! Love the deep blue color of the dress! I'm your new follower :-)

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  3. Lovely pics. Wish I could visit there.
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  4. What beautiful images. Istanbul is one of my top 5 of places I want to visit.

    Liz Lizo

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    1. You definitely need to make it happen soon.

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  5. I've been to Turkey several times - Marmaris and Antalya for a sea resort kind of vacation, but Istanbul always have been a tempting travel destination for me - such a great place of cultural heritage!


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    1. I've heard great things about Antalya , definitely on my list.

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  6. Nice shots! Love the dress and thanks for stopping by my blog...xx

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  7. this traditional Turkish dree is perfect!!

    Milena <3
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    1. It actually isn't from Turkey, I got the dress in Dubai!

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  8. Beautiful dress, so stylish !
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  9. Lovely place to visit . Beautiful images

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  10. Beautiful photos you look amazing.
    Greetings.


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  11. The pictures are so clear, you on the other hand look awesome.

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  12. Wow! I love your pictures! This post takes me back to when I went to visit Istanbul! Isn't it a beautiful place? You look amazing in blue too! I hope you had an amazing time! Restaurant 360 is one of my favorite places the views are amazing it's in Taksim Square.

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    1. It is an amazing place for sure.! I wish I knew about restaurant 360 while I was visiting but there is always a next time :)

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  13. I must visit Istanbul
    Beautiful pictures

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  14. Wonderful ! Oriental style !

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