We went for a long weekend to Istanbul and since then I have been beating myself up as to why I have not been there earlier. I absolutely fell in love with Istanbul, in some way or another I find it to be like me; a cocktail mix of Arabic flare, Western, past, present, modern, history and a sprinkle of a lot of spices that makes this city so special and inviting for sure to go back again.
There are several aspects I pay attention to whenever I go to a new place:
– Lots to see and do
– Shopping… if I can without my significant other about to kill me… 😉
And I can say that Istanbul fulfilled in a very positive way, the 4 commandments of travel of Sabrina. There were so many sightseeing’s and so much to do that we needed more days to be able to enjoy it and explore it fully, but we didn’t have so we went for the top10.
The food, for those who know me you know I am a huge lover for food, I love cooking it, seeing it and specially eating it and the food in Turkey was just really delicious, and varied just the way I love it, it invited me visually then I couldn’t resist so I took a bite then two then three…then let the bravest try to stop me 😉
The people, they might not speak all the languages but you got to give them credit at least for trying. We had no trouble getting by in English but the people were always curious as to where we were from and started talking to us either in Dutch or Spanish. I found it very funny. As to their way of being, very hospitable, polite and good hearted people. And that last point is very important.
The shopping, now for this and considering I loved the Bazar for me that was the best attraction after The Blue Mosque & The Bosphorus. It was just the perfect place to get lost until closing time then come back again the next day but since I am a good person and a loving woman to her man I didn’t want to torture him more than the necessary. For that it will be better with girlfriends.
So as a conclusion, all I can say about shopping here is that I had to try really hard to behave and control myself otherwise we would of ended up sleeping under a bridge somewhere in the Asian part of Istanbul ;). I always liked “evil eye” inspired jewellery and in Istanbul it was just at a completely extraordinary level. Silk scarf, I never can have enough even though I lived in Shanghai and bought each one I liked in every colour possible. To keep it simple, there is something for everyone. My best shopping moment was a real Turquoise Necklace gifted by my hubby. According to our research, Turkey is the best place to buy Turquoise stones as it is the national stone of the country!