Istanbul-The Mysterious Charming City
Updated: Sep 28, 2019
Istanbul is an amalgamation of history, culture and architectural splendors. The city has served as the capital of the Roman and the Ottoman empires and is the only city built across two continents (Asia and Europe). Visits to the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and Dolmabahçe Palace are must without saying. But I also urge you to try the Turkish/ Ottoman bath at Cemberlitas Hamami located on Divanyolu Street in the Çemberlitaş neighborhood of Istanbul, —it’s the best thing ever. Ottoman Bath or the Hammam Ritual as it’s traditionally called is a method of cleaning and relaxation. I highly recommend giving this authentic spa treatment a try. The Cemberlitas opens its doors every morning at 6 o'clock and stays open until midnight to serve its clients. It's accessible.
As a souvenir, I bought myself the famous Turkish eye from Grand Bazaar - the symbol of protection and good fortune. The Grand Bazaar is one of the biggest and the most hospitable bazaars in the world. Mixing all the different tones, tunes, and colors of the city your day in the Grand Bazaar will remain with you forever.
Must Buy: Turkish Ceramics, Carpets & Saffron ( from Egyptian Market)
Must-Have: Turkish delights, Turkish Coffee/Tea &
Taxi in Istanbul, by far the most convenient way to get around. They are plentiful, operate day and night uo to four persons. All official taxis have digital meters.
Istanbul card is an RFID electronic wallet card to be used in Istanbul. You place the card on the sensor and the amount of your fare is deducted from the card and can be used in metro/ferry & bus
Other cities which can be combined with Istanbul are Cappadocia –Izmir- Kusadasi- Antalya, and Bodrum depending on your interests.