This summer our family took a trip to Istanbul. We had been waiting for the last few years to plan a trip here. So you can imagine what the excitement levels were when we finally got to go! :)
Its a beautiful country and there are a number of images that I want to share. Therefore, I have made it into a 3 part series. This is Part 1.
I fell in love with the location of our hotel. We stayed in a very central location which allowed our family to do all the things on our list - two kids in tow! Honestly, I feel that is an achievement in itself! lol :)
We started the trip with the gorgeous Hagia Sophia. There are quite a few pictures of these lamps inside - that were breathtakingly gorgeous! I just couldn’t get enough of them!
The kids were getting a little bored but this little guy kept our older one entertained for a long time!. Can’t thank the crew at Turkish Airlines enough for this! It came as part of the kiddie bag and was just so valuable throughout the trip!
For our younger guy, we were taking turns entertaining and that was just fine for each of us :)
From Hagia Sofia, we took off for the Vast Topkapi Palace. Huge, vast, magnificent are some of the adjectives that come to mind. It was a goegeous day. We couldn’t have chosen a better time to go to this gorgeous location.
On Day 2 we started with the famed Grand Bazaar. Its safe to say that it did not disappoint! It was FULL of amazing finds to touch, feel and taste! Every new corner brought with it a new delight. We had no plans to buy anything….when we entered. The story was quite different when we left! haha :)
Next stop was Basilica Cistern. It was amazing to see such a reservoir from centuries ago. That was one baffling thing about Istanbul. The history of the place just blew us away. Everything we experienced made us conscious that these structures have been in the same place for hundreds of years. That just felt very special.
From the cistern we were off to the Hippodrome. The large open space in the middle of the bustling city was a pleasant surprise!
The final set of pictures in Part 1 are from Galata Tower. One of the landmarks of the city. Getting there was an uphill task…literally! :) It was a long wait but once we were in…it felt like we had been transported into a different world. The views of the city were just breath taking!
That’s all for Part 1. Thanks for being here if you are still with me :)
I will be back with Part 2 of this 3 part series in a few days. xx