Brief post on a trip from my pre-blogging days
The Süleymaniye Mosque was my favourite destination in Istanbul; small, peaceful interior with exquisite mosaic work.
Dirt cheap, authentic kebab and large portions from ZiyaBaba Restaurant.
Arguably Istanbul’s most popular sight, the Blue Mosque (or Sultanahmet Mosque) is truly impressive in its scale and décor; worth the seemingly never-ending queues.
There is no risk of going hungry in Istanbul; street food and snacks are everywhere.
One more must-see is Hagia Sophia, the once Greek Orthodox church turned imperial mosque turned museum.
A walk through the unique Basilica Cistern is a serene and calming experience.
Good value, fresh, simple food at the welcoming Sultanahmet Fish House.
View of the Asian-side of Istanbul across the Bosphorous from the Topkapi Palace.
You could easily spend a day or two wandering the maze of stalls at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. Remember, haggling is a must! If you have time, schedule a visit to the Spice Bazaar.