Helloo Uniquifiers and I’m back with another post! ♥
Everyone loves vacations. The break from the chaos of our daily routines, the refreshing heat (or cold) and most of all, the not having to do anything! I’ve recently been to Turkey, literally one or two months ago, and I gotta tell you – it is an incredible experience! Every country, every place in the world has its own culture, its own attractions, and Turkey definitely does not lack in either of those things! So, in today’s post, I’m going to share with you my experiences from Turkey, and why you should book it for your next holiday! Warning: I’m also going to share a LOT, and do not take this lightly when I say A LOT of photos that I took there! Prepare yourselves for an extreme photo dump!
Before I get into the post, however, I just want to say happy Eid! Today is the Islamic celebration Eid for most Muslims all over the world (some people may celebrate on different days), a day that marks the end of Ramadan. So, again, happy Eid and I hope you all have a great one! Anyways, let’s go!
Okay so firstly, I didn’t even know that I was going on holiday until I actually got to the airport! I know, right?! My parents told me and my siblings that we were going to London to visit our relatives, and so we packed our suitcases, expecting to go on a 1 week trip to my cousin’s house, and then, voila! The next morning, after we had a night’s rest at some random hotel, we were suddenly at the airport! I only actually found out we were going to Istanbul once we stood in the queue… It turned out that my parents wanted to surprise us, and surprise us they did! It was honestly the best feeling. They also did the same thing when we had a surprise 1 week trip to Disneyland Paris… Yeah, that was great.
Anyways, our first stop in Istanbul was obviously, our hotel, which had a great balcony view of the city. Our next stop was probably my highlight of the trip – Taksim Square, situated at the heart of Istanbul. Taksim Square was buzzing with all sorts of people – tourists, shoppers and so much more. Various shops and cafes were scattered all around, and once you ventured even deeper, there was a huge street dedicated only to shops! There were many Turkish brands such as Koton, and yes, we bought loads of clothes! The cafes sold delicious sweets like baklava, Turkish delights and obviously, there were also those famous ice cream vendors who put on a whole show before they actually give you your ice cream! 😂 Literally, you have to try catch the ice cream. Sounds weird, yes, but Google it and you’ll get it (; Basically, the atmosphere of Taksim Square was like nothing I had ever seen before – I loved it! Here are a few pictures I took:
Gorgeous, right? So, after hours and hours of walking, we finally reached the hotel, which is when I collapsed on the bed and cursed my aching feet. But, I couldn’t complain because the view from our balcony was AMAZING! I literally sat out there all the time with a book – I’m pretty sure I spent more time on the balcony than I did in the actual room 😂 Seriously, though, there’s no other feeling than reading a book high above a beautiful city, with the soft breeze tangling in your hair (yes I’m getting cheesy, shh).
The next day, we went to this museum that had once been a royal palace. It was, well, wow. The palace gardens had been converted into a park, and there were museum artifacts inside the actual rooms of the palace! Just looking at it made me feel like I had practically been transported back thousands of years ago! However, it was forbidden to take photos of the artifacts so here are a few that I took instead:
If you ever go to Istanbul, you can’t not go down to Bosphorus to look at the water! Before we did that, though, we sat at a shisha cafe that gave another stunning view!
Then, of course, came the late night visits to the main town, where we had dinner at Pizza Hut (because why not 😂) and took a little walk. And honestly? The night life in Istanbul is no less than the night life in London or even NYC! It’s so alive and full of lights and people, even at 1AM! If you’re a city girl (or boy) like me, then you will love it!
Obviously, no holiday would be complete without eating loads… and loads… of food! I ate way too much for it to be possibly healthy, but hey, food is life! If you’re not gonna treat yourself on vacation, then when are you gonna treat yourself, am I right? And Turkey has the best food! Kebabs, rice, baklava, you name it! I stepped into one cafe, and OH MY GOD! It had heaps of sweet pastries and desserts! But, and this might just be me, but the food is a little bland, so if you love spice, like me, make sure you ask for lots of salt and pepper!
Finally, the largest tourist attraction in Istanbul is the world famous, 560 year old Grand Bazaar, a bazaar teeming with people and shops of all kinds! It was huge, and the lanes were quite narrow, so if you’re claustrophobic then maybe it’s not such a good idea. This is because there are no quick exits or escapes, and you will definitely get lost – I did! But fortunately, there are many people who are there to help you out and give you directions. Anyways, I would recommend bringing some headphones/earphones to drown out the noise if you do get a little uncomfortable, because like I told Bay, it is crowded!!! There are so many people, and because of this very reason I couldn’t even get out my camera or phone to take a picture (which is why I’ll post pictures from Google below instead)!
I’d also recommend wearing some comfortable shoes, because there’s gonna be a lot of walking, and my feet hurt even in my trainers! However, cons aside, the pros are that the Grand Bazaar really shows you the rich culture of Turkey, and you can buy literally anything! From spices to pure honey to even handbags, trust me, there is so much to buy!
Anddd that’s it for this post! I hope you enjoyed it! Visiting Istanbul was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me, and it really taught me how different each country is! Just seeing the lifestyle of the people living there, I mean, wow. So, have you been to Turkey? Are you planning to go sometime in the future? Let me know in the comments!