This is my submission for the '3 Things in the City' I Love contest by Velvet Escape, Traveldudes and Wimdu.co.uk
3 Things In The City I Love
I love how different and unique Istanbul is than anything else I have ever experienced. Lots of cities have beautiful rivers, great vibes, and plenty of sights, but Istanbul stands ahead of the crowd for me. The city itself has a mystical presence in my imagination with its dominating minarets, phenomenal history oozing from its every pore, and east meets west ambiance. It is also surprisingly young and vibrant and alive. Nowhere else that I have been can you view two continents in one line of sight over an Efes beer and let your imagination run wild at the sight of the mosques and towers, the aromas of the street vendors’ seafood and kabobs, the hustle and bustle of the Grand Bazaar, and the utter relaxation following an afternoon at the Hammam. I love how Istanbul takes me out of my comfort zone, out of my hemisphere, and away from my worries. Aside from the fascinating list of sights and attractions, here are my 3 things that I would recommend to anyone visiting Istanbul:
When in Istanbul, you must…Go have lunch in Asia. For 2 TL (less than $1), you can hop on a ferry at one of several points in European Istanbul and take the short ride over to Kadikoy where you can set foot in Asia and stroll the hilly streets of the neighborhood and take in the market atmosphere of everything from electronics to fresh seafood stalls lining the streets. There are numerous street food vendors serving up many different options, but you will want to choose one of the fresh fish filets cooked up to order on the grill and placed on an open faced bun with seasoning, sauce, lettuce, and tomato.
|Fresh seafood stall in Asian Istanbul|
|Entrance to Cemberlitas|
|The Iconic Aya Sofia late at night|