Hello from 2 continents – Turkey that is!

Hello from 2 continents – Turkey that is!

After a long night of flying, we finally made it to Istanbul, Turkey. After checking into the hotel we only had one thing left to do… Sleep right through our dinner reservation and continue sleeping for the next 12 hours. The long flight took its toll on us and this was the only way to catch up. The next morning we woke up full of energy and we were ready for our full day walking tour throughout Istanbul. Since we had already been here, we decided to to take an off the beaten path tour and bypass the major tourist attractions. After a quick breakfast we headed to the lobby to meet our guide. From there we jumped in taxi and headed to the to the main square.  Next, we walked through some historic areas and headed through the Jewish quarters. There are about 25K Jews living here amongst a population of roughly 15 million.

The first stop we checked out was the Galata tower. From the top we had a 360 degree view of Turkey. Very cool!

View from the Galata Tower overlooking the old city

Along the way we spotted this tram which is one of the oldest working trollys in the world.

Quite a beautiful city!

Once we covered most of the European side. It was time to board our ferry and head to the Asian side of Turkey.

Our captain

Before we headed to the Asian side (Istanbul is the only city in the world that is located on 2 difference continents)we stopped at the Spice Market and checked out some of the local flavors. Along the way we sampled some turkish delight. Kind of taste like marshmallows.

hmmm …which ones of these work in the microwave????

There was booth after booth with vendors selling their spices…Very aggressive vendors!  Once we made it over to the Asian side our guide took us to one of his favorite places for a really good lunch. We tried 5 or 6 local Turkish dishes that were all very good. Jeremy even had some meatballs. After a long day of walking around someones feet developed blisters so it was time to call it a day and head to our “Cabin”

War wounds from the walking tour

Since the tour was over and our reservations at Nobu were not until 8:30. We had a few hours so it was time to get the Scrabble Superbowl started.

Lauren is off to an early lead ! 3-1

View from our “cabin” – The old city at dusk

Istanbul 86 °F

6 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Lisa Sangal says:

    Wow Lauren,

    Here I go again! Traveling the world without leaving my computer chair, thanks to you and Jeremy. Great pics. Can’t wait to see more! enjoy!!

    Love,
    Lisa

  2. Mom and Dad says:

    All sounds great! Can’t wait for the next “episode”. Love you both.

  3. margo says:

    Ahh Istanbul!!! What a place!!! Sounds like you enjoyed it once again. Happy voyage! Love, Moi

  4. Mom says:

    Sounds great, as usual!! Keep enjoying. I am now on Words with friends and love it. I started a game with you, Jeremy. Seth and family are having a great time in N.C. It’s wonderful having them here. Keep the posts coming. Be safe.
    Love, Mom

  5. Heather Fedor says:

    Looks amazing! Lauren….so lucky to have a scrabble partner:)

  6. Gina Tarr says:

    Lill and I are on a Delta flight back to Ft Lauderdale and enjoyed your blog. Have the best!

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