Istanbul: Galata Towers

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WARNING: I hope you've all had your dinner because this post is about to make you hungraaay!

Our second day in Istanbul was spent with our heads up in the clouds in Rapunzels tower to sailing on the Bosphorus river. After a quick breakfast, we met up with the gang and went for a wander through the cobbled streets of Taksim (nothing fancy this time, but let me just add that if you're ever around the Taksim area, the Starbucks opposite the square do mindblowing wildberry muffins...I'm still dreaming of it's deliciousness up until now - yes on this occasion I give you permission to call me a basic b***h)


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We took a stroll down the bustling Taksim road, emerging ourselves in the bright colours and patterns. The fragrant scent of incense chased us wherever we turned.

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Such pretty mesmerising lights, I want them all!

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DSC_1542This hard candy was interesting. The tender would swirl a wooden stick into the different flavours to create a stick of yummy goodness.

DSC_1543The streets in Istanbul are cobbled and very hilly (is that even a word?) so flats and trainers are a must. Gotta work those quads!

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And finally we arrived at the Galata Tower, a medieval stone tower and one of the city's most striking landmarks. It's high, cone-capped cylinder dominates the skyline and offers a 360° panoramic view of Istanbul.

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For half an hour, we managed to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and found sanctuary in the clouds. Taking in the majestic view of Istanbul from above it hit me how little we really are.

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And then back down to reality...

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A quick bite to eat and a spot of souvenir shopping before it was time to embark on our boat cruise down the Bosphorus river. These lamb kebabs were delicious and for 3.50 liras a pop you can't go wrong! I always find that in whichever country I visit, the street food triumphs over the fancy restaurants.

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We dined at the Hatay, a gem tucked inbetween Taksim Square and the main road.

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Dinner is served! By a waiter who bears an uncanny resemblance to Adam Sandler...

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Chicken shish kebabs, lamb kofte, lamb shanks on beds of yellow rice and fresh herb salads - all grilled to perfection. Truly one of the best meals I've had whilst in Turkey

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Finished by traditional Turkish tea and biscuits chased down with sweet refreshing rosewater.

Bellies full we ventured off into the night...

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Don't be fooled! From afar I thought these were dough balls dipped in chocolate, but after taking a step closer I realised that they were simply roasted chestnuts...

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