The gorgeous Blue Mosque
Tableware and decorations with Iznik motifs. We managed to snag a few from the Grand Bazaar
Us at Topkapi Palace. You cannot not spend at least 2 hours at this beautiful palace
The Grand Bazaar. We bought quite a few things here at great prices. And we met some of the nicest sellers here
Me and hubs at Galata Bridge. In the background is Galata
Best Turkish coffee can be found at Mandabatmaz in Istiklal. We had two cups each of the strong brew.
Uncle Altan here is definitely my favourite seller in Istanbul. His shop sells the yummiest candies and Turkish delights (lokum)
We saw the whirling dervish show here. Amazing.
Our favourite carpet sellers. Such nice people
Us in front of Dolmabahce Palace. A magnificent monument. Attaturk used to live here. He also died here
Another amazing building, Hagia Sophia. A church turned into a mosque turned into a museum. I must have stood at this spot for a good few minutes with my mouth open, gaping at its splendor.
We shopped. We ate. We walked. We went on ferry trips. We made new friends. We had the time of our lives. Cannot wait to start planning our holiday for next year.
Hubs and I also celebrated my birthday last weekend with a bang. He took me to Mamma Mia the Musical on Friday (I took the day off), brought me to the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale and got me a mountain of books (in addition to the haul which I already got a couple of weeks ago) and treated me to Japanese food at Kampachi. Good stuff.
In other news, I'm seeing Dr. Adilah tomorrow. If everything goes well, we'll do FET Insha Allah in January. I've missed my doctor. Seeing her face always gives me comfort. I'll have more updates after tomorrow.
Have a good day chickadees!