Turkey Diaries – (Day 1) Love from Istanbul

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Hi everyone!

It’s been a month to the wedding and am slowly settling into the new life. I always do a monthly favorites post, but for March the best part was Turkey Honeymoon. It was such an amazing experience and I thought it would be a great idea to share my memories with y’all!

Istanbul itinerary
Let the madness begin with being extra cheesy!

So here’s the first of hopefully a couple more parts of Turkey Adventures. We were in Istanbul and Cappadocia, and both have their own unique charm.  Let’s begin with Day 1 in Istanbul.

best places to visit in Istanbul
Day 1 started with a visit to Blue Mosque. Braving the cold and hunger.
Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Here at Blue Mosque, one of Istanbul’s most famous structure.
Istanbul places to visit
It’s a huge mosque and the interiors are stunning.
budget itinerary for Istanbul
Exploring continues and the next stop was Topkapi Palace!
Istanbul places to see
Honeymooners have arrived!

Istanbul has something for everyone. Whether you’re a history geek, foodie, photography enthusiast, every corner is like a living museum. The people are so warm and welcoming, which totally adds to the overall travel experience.

Hagia Sophia Museum
Hagia Sophia – is steeped in history. It was a Greek Church, then was converted into an Ottoman Mosque. And today it is a museum. One of the most popular ones in Istanbul
St. Sophia Museum
Overcast sky and this stunning architecture – fell totally in love with Istanbul…

After a lot of sightseeing it was time for a scrumptious lunch. Turkish delicacies and local food is so delishh! Hummus, the local bread, fresh pomegranate juice and orange juice, lots and lots of variety of cheese, local rice, and the highlight is meat. I had so much beef, it was so yummy.

where to eat in Istanbul
Yum yum in tum tum….

Stuffed and happy after a great lunch, we were ready to explore the most iconic shopping destination of Istanbul – The Grand Bazaar.

With love from Istanbul.
Grand Bazaar Istanbul
Hello from Grand Bazaar – shopper’s paradise.
shopping in Istanbul
Carry extra bags because you’ll sure be shopping lots in Istanbul.

The best way to travel is to take public transport. Cabs are easily available all around the city. And if you stay around central Istanbul – near Taksim Square, or Spice Bazaar area, you can easily walk around. Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, because most day tours would be walking tours.

Istanbul sightseeing
Each frame is wallpaper worthy!
Istanbul sightseeing
Istanbul places to visit
Happy travelers took the local metro!
cafes in Istanbul
When in Europe, coffee is the real fuel.
Discovering quaint little cafe’s in the neighborhood.


where to eat in Istanbul
Honeymoon dinner has to be special! Bacon Risotto and Sea Food Salad with a side of Sparkling Wine 🙂

Time runs so fast when you’re on vacation. Day 1 was fun and fulfilling.  Beautiful places, yummy food, lots of shopping – what else can you ask for!

Come back to see all the excitement that we did on the rest of the trip! See you soon. Tesheque Aderim (Thank You) in Turkish……

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