I love Istanbul. It is a really amazing cosmopolitan city. Its huge-14 million people huge. Its one of the biggest cities in the world.
We stayed right near the Blue Mosque and it was fantastic. Although our stay was really short, just one day and a half we did our best to make the most of it even though our jet lag was pretty severe. On our free day we visited the Topkapi Palace. I hadn’t been here before and it made for an enjoyable day.
Interestingly both Brad and I recognized that we were not as impressed with the old walls, and historic sites that are all over the city. This is not because they aren’t interesting it is because we have seen so much. Getting a bit calloused is a danger I guess. I hope the rest of our 9 months of travels will offer some delightful surprises.
Another nice thing was getting some variety in our food choices. On our first day we woke up from our jet lag nap and headed out for dinner. It was the first time in a long while we didn’t share our entree. We have been getting a salad and one entree to share. This works well because often to portions are way to big and especially in Greece family style servings are the norm. Also it was really nice to have food that is not Greek salad, which is delicious, but maybe not everyday for a month.
I hope we can squeeze in another visit to Istanbul before we leave the area. But for now we are off to Jordan. Another couple of days of hard travel and more jet lag, but I know from past experience it is worth the long flights, the long layovers and late night arrivals.
Right now Istanbul tourism is down. It’s sad for the people there. They really count on tourists for their economy and they are really excited to have visitors.
If you have never been to Istanbul I would suggest staying near the Blue Mosque. It’s easy to get around by walking and there’s lots to see right in that neighborhood.
Three things I loved include the Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, and the genuine warmth of the locals.
I can’t think of a single thing I don’t like.