Turkey a place of touristic heaven
Posted on 4/12/2017
Turkey is considered as a touristic haven because of its beautiful landscape & historical monuments where tradition meets modern culture at its best. Istanbul being the capital city is considered the bridge between Asia & Europe.
We had a short tour to Istanbul. Following are the places we visited.
1)Sultanahmet Street : No better place to book your hotels due to its close proximity from the airport as well to all the must see places. The hotel stay was good though not excellent. The streets are cobble stoned & give a very rustic feeling especially when it drizzles in the morning. The breakfast is served on the rooftop & gives a good glimpse of Marmara Sea. The view of the Blue Mosque from our room during the night time was simply stunning.
2)Blue Mosque: Famous 16th century monuments is a perfect example showcasing Turkish Architecture. The Blue Mosque is decorated with blue tiles internally with wide open spaces and carvings on the walls & beautifully ornated windows. The cascading domes and six slender minarets of the Sultanahmet Mosque (better known as the "Blue Mosque") dominate the skyline of Istanbul.
3)Hagia Sophia : Stands beside the Blue Mosque and the architecture is breath-taking. It was Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica, later an imperial mosque, and now a famous museum in Istanbul.
4)Galata Tower : One of the city's most striking landmarks, it is a high, cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline and offers a panoramic vista of Istanbul's historic peninsula and its environs. Originally named the Tower of Christ, the 66.9-meter (220-foot)-high tower was the highpoint in the city walls of the Genoese colony called Galata.
5)Istiklal Avenue : It is the most famous & populated street in Istanbul well known for shopping, restaurants & surrounded by Ottoman era buildings. Perhaps the most notable things are the tram, ice-cream vendors & musicians on the street side showcasing their talents to earn a few bucks. One of the most enjoyable ways to see the street is to ride the charming red nostalgic tramway, traversing from one end of the street to the other. The restaurants serve typical Turkish mouthwatering food.
6)Turkish Ice-creams : Traditional Turkish ice cream is chewy, thick and has an elastic texture. Ice-cream vendors are a treat to the children with their tricks serving ice-cream to children.
7)Bosporous Cruise, Coach and Cable Car: We took the cruise on the Bosphrous. It’s a 2 hour cruise & gives a glimpse of both Asian & European sides of Istanbul. The famous Bosphrous bridge connecting the two sides is eye catching. Sail along the Bosphorus Strait past the imposing Rumeli Fortress, Yildiz Palace and wooden Ottoman houses and most notable being the Dolmabahce Palace.Then get back on land to wonder at the ancient City Walls, iron-paneled St Stephens Church and colorful former Jewish district on a coach tour. Finish with a memorable cable car ride up Pierre Loti Hill and relax as you take in the spectacular views of the city and the Golden Horn spread below.
8)Dolphin Show : It’s a must see if you are in Istanbul. The dolphin and seal show is breath-taking and stunning especially for my daughter who had a time of her life watching. She even got a chance to get close enough to the dolphin & the seal.
9)Grand Bazaar : Your trip to Istanbul is incomplete without a visit to Turkeys oldest & largest bazaar covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops. It is well known for its jewellery, hand-painted ceramics, carpets, embroideries, spices and antique shops. Many of the stalls in the bazaar are grouped by type of goods, with special areas for leather, gold jewellery, carpets, musical instruments, souvenirs, which replicate the rich Turkish tradition.
10)Dervish Dance : Wearing long, flowing robes and tall hats, the Whirling Dervishes twirl to live music played on ancient instruments, something unique to be watched.
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