My short week-end in Istanbul
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I was waiting impatiently for the day to visit this enchanting city full of history and life and I was not disapointed at all !
My first impression was indeed suprise: I never imagined Istanbul this modern and vibrant where the ancient monuments rub elbows with huge sky scrapers. There is a feel of a european city mixed with an oriental touch....The sound of imams calling for prayers just gave me goosebumps everytime. I felt like being teleported in another time and place....
Back to what I did:
- Arrived on Friday afternoon. My friends picked me up, had a shower and a bite and headed straight to İstiklal Avenue (which means Independence). Istiklal avenue is this long pedestratian area with cafés, shops, bookstores, art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, pubs at every side of the avenue.
- After a late night sleep on Friday, we tool our time on Saturday and after a solid brunch headed to visit the Bazaars. First, the Spice Bazaar also called the Egyptian Bazaar (Misir Carsisi). It has this fascinating oriental atmosphere with a huge variety of spices in all colours, nuts, exotic aphrodisiac and even Iranian caviar. It is an overwhelming sensorial experience where the smell gets its faire share.
More to come....