Never would I have thought we would made a trip to Istanbul and it was a wonderful one.
I love Istanbul; from the food to the people; their culture to their effortless friendliness.
We flew to Istanbul right after our trip to Dubai with the kids and they weren’t expecting it either until the day before.
They thought they were going home the following day and we can see in their faces the daunting look of ‘IT’S THE END OF OUR HOLIDAY!’.
This was our first trip too therefore we were as excited as the kids. We didn’t know what to expect nor planned anything ahead but we did some research and chose the accommodation near the historic city centre of Sultanahmet which was at the old city.
Since Istanbul is a new place for us, hubby booked a shuttle service to chauffeur us directly to the hotel. We weren’t sure how far is the airport to the old city therefore it was better to plan in advance.
We left the airport right away after locating our names on a placard. The Atatürk airport was really crowded so our kids stuck to us like UHU glue!
Hubby is working on his laptop! Work first and play later. Hehe
We had our daily breakfast with this magnificent view. We were also greeted by white seagulls wanting to grab a bite.
The weather was perfect for me and Jake at 11ºC/51.8ºF but the kids were struggling with the cold winds as this is their first semi-winter encounter.
First Adventure – Basilica Cistern
-the largest ancient cisterns in Istanbul amongst hundreds
The Basilica Cistern or also known as ‘Yerebatan Sarayı’ (Sunken Palace) lies beneath the city of Istanbul. One of Medusa’s upside down head can be seen at the bottom of the picture. This would probably be the city’s most unromantic attraction but you’d be in awed into this complicated system that once brought drinking water into the land.
Built in the sixth century, this cistern was also constructed with music and lights throughout the many columns and pillars that supports the ceiling. Wonderful isn’t it? It’s like treasure beneath grounds.
Second Adventure – Hagia Sophia
-once a church; a mosque and now a museum (I totally got culture-shocked!!!)
Third Adventure – The Grand Bazaar
-one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world; and I have to admit..we got lost in it. Kept turning corners and coming back to the same aisle.
Fourth Adventure - Turkuazoo
-one of the largest aquariums in Europe (CHECKED ✔)
We took so many pictures in Turkuazoo but can’t upload so many therefore I combined a few deemed special for you!
Fifth Adventure – Bosphorus
-the boundary between Europe and Asia
We took the tram across Bosphorus around noon time and walked half a kilometre all the way back to the Old City, Sultanahmet via Galata Bridge.
The Other Adventures around Istanbul
After our long trip from Dubai – Istanbul, we finally made our way home to Malaysia. Check out the look on our kids. Totally ‘knackered and famished’!
We love you Istanbul and we would love to visit you some time again!!!