Istanbul, until we meet again…

Istanbul, by Packing my Suitcase

Istanbul has no secrets, this city has nothing to hide, and it doesn’t intend to, the beautiful and the ugly, the good and the bad, the rich and the poor, luxury and simplicity… I could see it all, and still I couldn’t help but to fall in love with this authentic and magical place.

Watching Istanbul waking up from the Galata Tower was priceless, unique. It was like watching a lion slowly waking up, stretching, then suddenly the roaring as to say, “good morning, I’m alive”. And isn’t this city alive? The ship horns at the Bosphorus, the sound of the Mosques calling for prayer, cars stuck in traffic, the markets and its vendors, and its 14 million smiley, grumpy, helpful, persistent, convincing sometimes, noisy, talkative, loud, and excited people.

There is no better way to discover and to understand Istanbul than by foot. Walking its streets, feeling the smell of spices in the air, going up and down its hills, negotiating with vendors at the Grand and Spice Bazaars, crossing the Galata Bridge, getting lost in the narrow streets of Beyoglu District, to feel all the excitement of the busy Istiklal Avenue, watching the old Trams of Taksim Square passing by, exploring the streets of Sultanahmet and finishing the day deciding among seemingly endless options of restaurants and bars to eat and drink.

In almost every corner, a stray cat or a dog. At the Galata Bridge, fishermen. At the hotel, not a manager, but a new friend. At the restaurants, no grumpy face or bad service, but smiles and pleasure to serve. Crazy language – and me thinking that German is bad. Black tea, or any tea, how many times a day you want, its a must. Turkish delights, how sweet do you want? Kebap? You will find it everywhere. Traffic jam? Too.

Istanbul, Asia and Europe in the same place, uniting people from all over the World, all to discover and experience this unique and authentic place. Living there, I could not… visiting, as many times and as many days as possible. Do I recommend? Without hesitation, it is a must in everyone’s bucketlist. The food? Delightful: different and exotic. The view? From the Galata Tower. An area to stay? Cihangir. How to say thank you? TeşekkΓΌr. Yeah, “good luck with that” I was told.

Impressive, exciting, surprisingly different, authentic, unique, noisy, simple and yet complex. Wow, what is it with you Istanbul? What is it with you that makes me want to stay longer, that makes me want to return and get to know you better, that makes me miss you? Ohh Istanbul, until we meet again…


Want to know more about my trip to Istanbul? Stay tuned for the upcoming posts…

About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • Will there be any restaurant posts πŸ™‚ ?

    • hahaha you are so sweet!! Yes, there will be πŸ˜€ and a hotel post too!! I thought so much about you when I was there!! πŸ˜€

      • Cannot wait to read more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Are you back home now?

        • hahaha yaaaay! Not yet…to day is my last day in Kas. I will be back home tomorrow night πŸ™‚

          • Ahhhh enjoy your last day (which was yesterday I think πŸ™‚ ) !

          • hahaha thank you so much Miia! πŸ˜€ Im back home and preparing the next post πŸ˜€

  • It’s full of kitties πŸ™‚

  • i love the look of that pomegranate juice. How much were they?

    • Is was very good! A small glass costs 5 Liras, or 1.70 Euros πŸ˜€ you can find it in almost every corner of Istanbul πŸ˜€

  • Such amazing photos, your words transported me there! I look forward to reading more πŸ™‚

  • Istanbul is one of my favourite cities in the world! I went there on my honeymoon and fell in love with it! Your lovely pictures brings back such fond memories!

    • And I understand why!! It is an amazing city!! How cool that you spent your honeymoon there πŸ˜€ Thank you for the compliment, It makes me really happy to know I brought great memories back to you <3

  • I love this post!! I just returned from a trip to Istanbul and I felt the same way! It’s such an authentic, complex, and magical city. There’s just something about it that makes it so special.. the melting pot culture, the calls to prayer, the people, the colors…. We stayed in the Beyoglu area and I loved it so much. I can’t wait to go back too and discover more of it! But my boyfriend and I agreed too that we probably couldn’t live there long term.
    (I just wrote a post on my view of Istanbul this past week too :). )

    • Hi Anna!! Thank you for your lovely comment!! Yes, this city is incredible isnt it? <3 The Beyoglu area is amazing, such a great place to go out at night, eat and explore!! Ohhh I want to read your post soon!!! Can wait!! πŸ˜€

  • I’ve not been to Instanbul, but after reading this excellent and descriptive post, I feel like I’ve been there already! Must make a trip there! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Helene!! Yay, it makes me happy to know that I inspired you to visit Istanbul!! You won’t regret… its amazing, and its also not an expensive city! Thank you for reading πŸ˜€

  • Istanbul is captivating, isn’t it!? Oh your pics make me miss the Turkish Delight, fresh pom juice and Γ§ay on every street corner in those lovely fluted cups. We spent a full week there full-throttle and it still wasn’t enough time to see and do everything we wanted to. Just means we’ll have to go back…. πŸ™‚

    • It is indeed Shelley!!! Ohhhh 1 week is great… we only spent 3 days, and it surely wasnt enough!! We too want to go back there and spend more time! Now we are in Kas, diving πŸ˜€ 2 more days left in Turkey and I already miss it!!

  • Can’t wait for the next post – Istanbul is amazing! And you chose a beautiful time of year to visit πŸ™‚

    • Happy that you liked it πŸ˜€ yes, I would say that this time of the year is perfect, not cold not too hot, I loved it πŸ˜€

  • Great pictures and I can’t wait to hear more about your trip, though I’m a bit sad since I was expecting to go there at the end of this year but it seems like it won’t happen anymore. Hopefully, some other time it will! πŸ˜€

    • Thank you Vlad, glad you liked it πŸ˜€
      Ohh no really? It will happen sometime soon… change of plans often happen, so dont be sad! Its not far from you so Im sure soon enough you will be planning a trip there πŸ˜€

  • Sounds like you had a very amazing time in Istanbul. Wow, the view is great – the city beside the ocean. So that means there must be refreshing and cool winds too. I didn’t know tea was a big drink over there. I always thought that Chinese people drank the most tea, but its seems that the people in Istanbul can be rivals πŸ˜€ Turkish delight? Do you like eating that? I can’t stand eating that, I really don’t know how people eat that as I can’t stand the taste!!!! πŸ˜€

    • I also didnt know they drank so much tea, I was surprised when I began to see people drinking it all the time!! And Im also not a big fan of Turkish delights, I find them too sweet for my taste!

      • Seems like the two of us don’t really know too much about tea! πŸ˜€ We have a lot of catching up to do. I find that there is another taste to Turkish delight apart from sweet. Don’t get me wrong, I love jelly and all things chewy, but sometimes Turkish delight tastes like medicine on my tongue πŸ˜€

        • hahaahaha I agree with you… its not only sweet… some of them have a weird taste, that is true!! My husband hates it hahaha. But the tea is good πŸ˜€

  • Beautiful post of Istanbul! It is a magical place indeed πŸ˜‰ Your post makes me to return πŸ™‚ oh, I can read this post again and again, love your writing style! I can feel your enjoyment of the city..Did you meet any Turkish who speak German? I met a Turkish guy who spoke Dutch to me (after he found out I live in the Netherlands of course) Istanbul has plenty of surprises! πŸ˜€

    • Awwnn thank you Indah for the lovely compliment!! Im very happy to know you like my writing style πŸ˜€
      Yes I met lots of Turkish people who spoke German, I guess in some places the chances they speak Germany is bigger than English… very funny!! πŸ˜€

  • Kan

    Beautifully written post, Allane… and lovely photographs. Both work together so well to give a real feel of the city. Istanbul had been in my bucket list for the longest time! Looking forward to future posts with more travel tips and photos πŸ™‚

    • Thank for the amazing compliments Kan, makes me really happy to know that πŸ˜€
      I hope you can make it there soon, you will love it! New post is coming up!! πŸ˜€

  • Would love to visit Istanbul. The bazaars look amazing!

    • You wont regret… Istanbul is impressive!! The bazaars are very interesting and fun to visit, be ready to negotiate like never πŸ˜€

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