Istanbul is a timeless city; a bridge between east and west and world class cultural and historical centre. Whenever I visit Turkiye I make sure to include time in Istanbul to see friends and family. The only problem I face is usually having too little time when there is such a wealth of cultural attractions and things to see and do.
There are certain things I always make sure to do – such as crossing the Istanbul Bogazi (Bosphorous) by ferry boat in order to take in the fabulous river and city views, stocking up on supplies of the highest quality coffee from Mehmet Efendi (trading since 1871 and specialising only in Turkish Coffee), visiting The Blue Mosque – and of course sampling my favorite Turkish foods.
Since it had been quite some time since I had visited the Grand Bazaar, on my most recent visit I went to see it – one side benefit being the cooler temperature inside its walls than outside! [Read more…]