Turkey

In between Europe and Asia, Turkey is a country full of history and abound with a multitude of places to visit.
 

Istanbul

The city of million roofs

Our first step in Turkey started in Istanbul, formerly called Constantinople, it is one of the most important city of the country. If not the most important.

The particularity of this city is its composition, which is spread over 2 river sides. Istanbul is separated by the Bosphorus and it is one of the rare cities situated on two continents, That is why it makes this place so unique.

There are a lot if districts in Istanbul. The old downtown is where you can see some of the most beautiful buildings in Istanbul, the Blue mosque and Ayasofia. They were constructed centuries ago and are facing each other. Walking  between these two beautiful mosques is a moment that you will never forget. A bit more to the west you will find the district of Eminönü, which leads to a thousand of streets and markets, where you can walk all day and get lost very easily. At the north, crossing the Galata bridge, you will find the disctrict of Karakoï. This place is the modern side of Istanbul. Usually called the european Istanbul, this is the place to go if you want to do shopping and if you want to go out. Restaurants, pubs and shops all around you. You will find for sure your souvenirs there.

The roofs of Istanbul
The roofs of Istanbul

Arriving in Istanbul by night

We arrived in Istanbul by plane and landed in the Istanbul Airport. It is located at the north of the city, approximatly one hour by bus. From there we took one bus line Havaist, which directly brought us in the heart of Istanbul, near the Sultan Ahmet district. It is always a bit strange to arrive at night in a city that you don’t know, because you would like to have your landmarks.

The hotel we choosed to stay in was the Rumours Inn hotel. The good point about it was its situation ideally placed next to the Sultan Ahmet place. Just a five minutes walk and you are in the city, near the most important mosques.

One of the first impressions that you have when discovering Istanbul, is its high amount of mosques, all their roofs and all their towers pointing up to the sky. I remember Tiffany told me that, when the sun sets, if you look at the sky and all the mosques roofs, it is a bit similar to the landscape of Tatooine (a famous planet in the Star wars movies). Look by yourself ! What you see seems totally out of this world.

Saint Sofia Mosque
Saint Sofia Mosque
Suleymaniye Mosque
Suleymaniye Mosque
Saint Sofia Through the door
Saint Sofia Through the door
Food truck of Sultanahmet
Food truck of Sultanahmet

Istanbul at night

And how its monuments are sublimated
The circles of Istanbul
The circles of Istanbul
Ayasofia by night
Ayasofia by night
The blue mosque by night
The blue mosque by night

Istanbul city life

And its 17 million souls
Human flag
Human flag
Shadows inside Ayasofia
Shadows inside Ayasofia
The gate of Eyüp Sultan
The gate of Eyüp Sultan
The fishers
The fishers

Eminömü - the old markets

Downtown of Istanbul is a world appart in the city, because it has nothing to see with the big tourist places that we visited just before. This part of Istanbul is full of life, full of shops and markets. There are thousands of people constantly walking, which makes the city looking like an ant terrier.

Eminömü is the place to do shopping. There are markets everywhere, in every street corner. You are looking for a new trouser ? Be sure that there will be a place where you will find all that you want. This is actually there that I bought a trouser. In a very small and very narrow shop. If I have one advice, take the time to discover the area and do not be afraid of going deeper in the city. This is where you will feel the most the life of Istanbul !

Grand bazaar
Grand bazaar
Spice bazaar
Spice bazaar
Juice bar in Eminömü
Juice bar in Eminömü
Hidden exit of the Grand Bazaar
Hidden exit of the Grand Bazaar
Scarf shop in Istanbul
Scarf shop in Istanbul
Packing up
Packing up
Street Eminömü
Street Eminömü
Blue house Eminömü
Blue house Eminömü

Blade runner in Istanbul

the particularity of the street buildings

While discovering Istanbul, you will probably notice that some of the buildings look abandonned or in a very bad shape. This gives a very particular feeling. Add to this the day light that decreases at the end of the day and it will create an atmosphere like in post apocalyptical movies, typically Blade Runner ! That is because the buidlings in Istanbul city centre are high, close to each other and their facades are sometimes destroyed. Add to this all the people walking in the streets, all the life evolving aside. The result is clear, they got inspired in Istanbul to create the decor of Blade Runner.

Blade runner street
Blade runner street
Birds over Istanbul
Birds over Istanbul
The blocks
The blocks
Street food
Street food
Street kitchen
Street kitchen

Pierre Loti coffee

Do you want to see Istanbul from the top ?

Have a stop to the Pierre Loti coffee ! There is a very nice terrasse located at the top of a hill. And from this place you can see all the surrounding roofs, the immensity of the Istanbul city and especially to the Golden Horn.

Coffee drinkers PIerre Loti
Coffee drinkers PIerre Loti
A view to the Golden Horn
A view to the Golden Horn

Büyük Valide Han

Secret rooftop of Istanbul

In the hotel where we were, there was a picture of a girl sitting on a roof full of domes, looking at Istanbul. I felt amazed by the place and I decided to try to find the place. Googling “Istanbul rooftop domes” and after searching for a while we found some blog posts speaking about Büyük Valide Han. It was once known from urbex people. So we went out to search for the place. Once you have the name it is not difficult to get to the place. However the thing that you probably do not know. Is that it is now closed. Usually you could give a few money to the “man with the keys”, but unfortunately the roof is now closed for renovation. However it is still worth to visit the place. Enter the place, go on the first floor and walk in this dark workshops. Worth to try !

buyuk-valide-han workshop
buyuk-valide-han workshop
buyuk-valide-han workshop 2
buyuk-valide-han workshop 2
Inside buyuk-valide-han
Inside buyuk-valide-han

After Istanbul, the country side

Selçuk, Pamukkale, Cappadocia, Göreme

After 5 days, we left Istanbul for the country side of Turkey. We travelled down to the west side first for visiting the old greek city in Selçuk. Actually during the ancient times the greek and roman empires had a very important influence in Turkey. The country is full of history, because there were a lot of commercial cities at this time. It is actually a real treasure, because you understand easily that it was a place with a very huge mixity of cultures and religions.

Celsus (Selçuk) Ephesus in Anatolia

Visit the old library of Celsus in Ephesus
Library of Celsus
Library of Celsus
Tourists in Ephesus
Tourists in Ephesus
Tourists in Ephesus 2
Tourists in Ephesus 2
Tiffany the photo reporter
Tiffany the photo reporter
Celsus ruins
Celsus ruins
Priene - Athena temple
Priene - Athena temple

Bafa lake

Lake Bafa
Lake Bafa
Lake Bafa
Lake Bafa
Shadow sunset
Shadow sunset

Pamukkale

The cotton castle
The lady in red
The lady in red
Pamukkale boy
Pamukkale boy
Pamukkale pools
Pamukkale pools
Me at sunset - Pamukkale
Me at sunset - Pamukkale
Sunset at Pamukkale
Sunset at Pamukkale
Cupressus
Cupressus
Cupressus and roman ruins
Cupressus and roman ruins
Walking in the ruins
Walking in the ruins

Cappadocia - Göreme

Flying over the most beautiful place in Turkey

Our last step in Turkey  was to travel to Cappadocia. This place in the middle of the country is a fantastic area. You probably already saw many pictures on Instagram of people with a lot of hot air balloons in the air ? That is the place. It is also known for its troglodyte houses. It is definitely a place to visit. Rent a room in one of the hotels in Göreme !  Sleeping inside rocks , this is a magical moment !

If you want to see Cappadocia from the sky, I highly recommend you to book a flight in hot air balloon. This is the most famous activity in the area. But you have to wake up really early in the morning. Don’t worry, the companies there offer you the breakfast ! We chose the Turquaz balloon travel company, they are very professional and very kind !

Hot air ballon Cappadocia
Hot air ballon Cappadocia
At 800 feet
At 800 feet
The smile
The smile
Balloons at sunrise
Balloons at sunrise
Hot air balloon inflating
Hot air balloon inflating
The old troglodyte house
The old troglodyte house

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