Heading to Istanbul!

Istanbul-blue-mosqueI know, can you believe it – I did it! I’m going.  Back to Turkey I go.  I booked my flight yesterday, and just finished my hotel and apartment accommodations.  I will be there the week of Thanksgiving.  My plan is to:

  • Live like a tourist the first 4 days – I will be staying at Hotel Sari Konak, in the historic district of Sultanahmet, where I will visit all sorts of historic sites, visit the Asian side of Turkey, and cruise around like a typical tourist.
  • The second half of the trip I am going to live like a local – I’ve rented a beautiful apartment via Airbnb – cozy flat near Galata Tower.  I plan to take a few cooking classes and try my hand at some real Turkish cuisine (along with some wine) while in this lovely flat.

I have no expectations with this trip except to enjoy my solitude and the immense amount of history this amazing city has to share.

I will be putting together my itinerary, or at least a list of things I want to see and do while in Turkey in the coming weeks.  If you have been to Istanbul, I would love to hear your thoughts and recommendations on what to see and do.

One thought on “Heading to Istanbul!

  1. Harald Spain November 4, 2015 / 10:09 pm

    Paul no half measures for you.

    Istanbul is a city with so much history it’s hard to imagine. Your divided trip is much like the city it self. One part in Europe, the other in Aisia. Few places can stradel both worlds and still remain one city. Rome maybe older but Istanbul is a true cross road of the world. Probably why so many did people sought to possess it. Not far from there was the real city of Troy stood, or so some scollars believe, hard to top that.

    I look forward to reading your latest updates explosing the ancient city and tackeling Turkish cooking. You are turning into a charictor in a travel/cooking adventure. Be safe and well H.S.


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