Istanbul: Memories in the City

Having friends from all around the world definitely has it's perks. Last week the boy and I escaped London for a long weekend to surprise my dear friend in Istanbul for her birthday.

I've always wanted to visit Istanbul for it's magnificent mosques and monumental buildings and we were lucky enough to have friends who live in this city to show us the best restaurants, bars and attractions. But before running off on our touristic escapades, we had to start our day with a traditional Turkish breakfast. Plates and plates piled onto our table from a variety of cheeses to olives, dates and fresh salad. Although it did not look like it, all the different foods were extremely filing and very different to our traditional full English!

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Scrumptious dippy eggs and spicy sujuk, dunked with warm crusty bread

Bellies stuffed, we trotted along to our first stop- the famous Sultan Ahmed Mosque aka Blue Mosque. It's said that mosques with four or more minarets (towers) were built by the kings and sultans and the Blue Mosque, built by Sultan Ahmed is one of the most treasured monuments in the world.


We watched in awe as worshipers piled inside following their call to prayer.


A couple of metres to the north sat the Aya Sophia. Once a church but now a mosque, this historical museum combines both Catholicsm and Islamic religions under one giant dome.










And then Yerebatan Sarici... or Medusa's lair as I call it. The cistern is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul.



After a long day being tourists, we changed into our party shoes and hit the clurrrrb.   photo 1photo 4

Remember these pretty faces? Yup, our lovely AIESEC family we formed in Rio reunited from all over the world to surprise this little treacle on her birthday. If that's not love, I don't know what is!

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