Istanbul, once known as Byzantium and then Constantinople stretches across two continents, population 14 million. The tourist area is centered around Taksim Square and Istiklal street for entertainment and the historic sites are located across the Galata bridge in Sultanahmet. Public transport consists of trams, a metro and buses and they are not well connected, taxis are probably the easiest way to get around.
I needed a visa which I got online for USD$66, it gives me a total of 90 days in a period of 6 months multiple entry.
I arrived in a drizzle which turned to snow and it kept snowing for the next 3 days, freezing temperatures, luckily the snow and rain stopped for the last two days of my stay. Do not come here in winter hahaha.
Nice photos! Maybe your next visit will be in spring or autumn. The public transport is actually pretty good once you suss out how it works.
Reblogged this on Smriti "Simmi" D. Isaac and commented:
If there’s ONE place I’d like to be right now — if I could hop on a plane and choose one destination, it would be Turkey! And Istanbul, in particular. Thank you, dear friend, for your lovely travelogue. You are the best kind of tourist — not only do you do all the traditional sights about town, but you go into the smaller places, the markets, the bazaars, the local restaurants. Enjoy your travels, and keep the posts coming. I HAVE to go there some day. 🙂
Since I’ve stayed in Istanbul over the summer, I’ve always wondered what the winters would look like. I guess it’s not the most ideal time. I couldn’t stop a chuckle when I saw the caption: “Man freezing without red hat!”