From minarets in every direction the wailing call to prayer is broadcast five times daily while sidewalk hawkers call out their wares and seagulls squawk noisily overhead.
Pungent spices perfume the air and the aroma of juicy roasting meat causes the mouth to salivate and stomach to rumble with hunger.
Kaleidoscopic displays of colorful teas, fruits, herbs and spices, soaps, jewelry, carpets and cushions cause the bobble-head effect: left and right, up and down.
A myriad of delicacies from baklava dripping in honey and 1001 flavors of Turkish Delight to sesame-seeded breads and freshly squeezed pomegranite juice tempt and tease.
Stockinged-feet sink deeply into mosques’ soft and luxuriously thick Turkish carpets.
Hear! Smell! See! Taste! Touch!
Welcome to Istanbul – a delight to the senses!
Although impossible to capture the sensations, sounds and smells in a picture, I invite you on a photo journey of things to do in Istanbul. Here are the top 10 sights to satisfy your wanderlust and make your Dream Trip a reality.
#1) The Spice Market and Grand Bazaar
#2) Cruise the Bosphorus
#3) Topkaki Palace and Gulane Park
#4) The Basilica Cisterns
#5) The Sultan Ahmet Mosque aka ‘The Blue Mosque’
#6) The Hagia Sofia
#7) Explore Neighborhoods and Mosques
#8) Sample the Food
#9) Visit a Hammam
An authentic Turkish Bath is a memorable experience . There’s plenty of hot water, cold marble, and soap suds. Forget modesty! I’ll never forget the bra and panty-wearing loofah-wielding woman furiously scrubbing my naked body, the vigorous soap massage and shampoo, and the drowning dousing. And I’ll never forget how wonderfully buffed and polished my skin felt afterward.
#10) Meet the People and the Cats
Having troubles purchasing a metro ticket, a nice young lady helped us and went out of her way to deliver us where we needed to go.
In Istanbul, strangers smiled. Vendors were friendly. Men would mosey up alongside us and welcome us to Istanbul, asking where we are from and just want to talk. They were knowledgeable of our cities and sports teams! Finally we would be asked to come see their store.
Was it all an act?
It begs the question: Does anyone ever enter a carpet store of their own free will to buy a Turkish carpet?
Stay tuned to see photos from our 2-week stay in Israel, my third visit to the Holy Land.
Did you know that Meet You in the Morning is coming to you today from South-East Asia? Yes, this is a first for us. We are living it up in Chiang Mai,Thailand and enjoying a truly “budget” destination.
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