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From The Land of Peace and Happiness

Suleymaniye Mosque

Suleymaniye Mosque

Istanbul at Night

Istanbul at Night

Cafe With A View

Cafe With A View

Istanbul had me at hello. It’s ancient, yet modern. Intimidating, yet mellow. There is nothing quite like this city – vibrant, captivating and has a very unique personality. It is never short of interesting history and amazing culture. And the food, oh the mouthwatering foods!

Sultanahmet Park

Sultanahmet Park

Two continents in one country. Europe to the left, Asia to the right.

Two continents in one country. Europe to the left, Asia to the right.

For many years, the city was known as Constantinople, named after Constantine The Great before it officially became ‘Istanbul’ in the early 1900s. It is the only transcontinental city in the world that straddles two continents, Europe and Asia.

Gorgeous lamps at the Grand Bazaar

Gorgeous lamps at the Grand Bazaar

One of the locals’ favourite pastimes is playing backgammon or “tavla” in Turkish. They love to play it on the streets, parks and in front of shops and cafes.

"Tavla" or backgammon is one of the locals' fave pastime

“Tavla” or backgammon is one of the locals’ fave pastime

Fishing along the Galata Bridge is apparently another local favourite. Fresh fish goes right straight into the grill for a delicious fish sandwich or “balik ekmek.”

Fishing along the Galata Bridge

Fishing along the Galata Bridge

Known as Hagia Sophia in Greek, Sancta Sophia in Latin and the Church of the Divine Wisdom in English, Aya Sofya is undoubtedly one of the world’s most beautiful icons famous for its par excellence architecture, incredible art and rich history. Before it became a museum in 1934 under the order of Atatürk, Turkey’s first president, Aya Sofya was a church built between 532-537 by Emperor Justinian. Then in 1453, it was converted into a mosque by Mehmet the Conqueror.

Whirling Dervish

Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha

Aya Sofya

Aya Sofya

More reasons to fall in love with Istanbul in the next few posts. Get ready to be dazzled.

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