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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Have a historic day!