5 days in Istanbul, Turkey
We waited patiently to disembark the plane, to somehow eagerly grabbing our cabin luggage to keep our spot in the immigrantion entrance line. We waited in line, like others, standing inbetween others ready to gain entry to stand on Turkish official ground. We slowly made it to front of the queue. The immigration officer grabbed the stamp, looked up while reloading the ink and stamped a page. Like most others we move forward to start a new travel adventure in a different place and time.
To explore and experience Istanbul culture, present and past here are a list of places to visit, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Dolmabahce Palace, Basilica Cistern, Galata Bridge and Suleymaniye Mosque.
Walk across the Galata Bridge and see the fishermen fish, see the continental boundary where Europe meets Asia (Bosphorus Strait) Listen to the Imams call to prayer while strolling through Gulhane park, Step into an ancient world and experience Byzantine architecture at Hagia Sophia, Drink apple tea, lots of apple tea, See a Sultans grand room at Dolmabahce Palace, a museum full of knowledge, experience the 16th century blue mosque where present meets past, remember to look up, try a freshly baked Simit bread ring and finish with a spectacular sunset by the river.
Have you made the trip to Istanbul? What was your highlight?