From Istanbul with Love!

by Fay

I have an emotional attachment to Turkey, especially Istanbul. It’s where I met my husband for the first time, and during the time we spent there we built this feeling of a strong connection with the city.

While I was based there for my Internship he used to come and visit me. We discovered every corner of the city together from famous places to every narrow street. We tried the traditional food and even tried to communicate with Turkish people using their language and that wasn’t very hard as some people may claim.

I took a language course and I was able to speak and understand the basics but this doesn’t change the fact the Turkish language is very easy to understand and use especially . I found that Turkish people are not only very service orientated but they also love socialising outsiders.

a man sitting on a bench next to a painted wall in Istanbul

My husband’s most favourite past-time in Istanbul is to sit on a bench at night watching the ships sailing across the Bosporus. The beautiful reflection of the city’s colourful lights in the black water are magical. For me, on the other hand, my most favourite part in Istanbul is when I take the ferry crossing the river. I sit outside feeling the cool breeze in my hair while drinking hot Turkish tea served in a famous traditional tea-glass.

We also enjoy wandering around the epic Sultan Ahmet, filled with historical places from the both the Ottoman and Roman periods. There’s something about old sites that is both uncanny and marvelous. This holds true for The Hagia Sofia and more so for The Basilica Cistern. I can still recall that cold, wet, dodge feeling . It was as if I could sense that something serious went on down there, way back then that still resonates into the current day.

A cop of tea on the ferry in Istanbul

My first trip to Sultan Ahmet also reminded me of the Bond film From Russia with Love which had scenes from both these truly iconic Istanbul sites. As a child, I watched every single Bond film. What fascinated me about these films was not the storyline, which is pretty much the same in every single film. What fascinated me was the magnificent locations: my gateway to the outside world in a time before Youtube and Wikipedia.

Basilica Cistern Istanbul

A childhood curiosity and intrigue about the outside world that inspired and motivated me to, many years later, travel and explore these places that had comprised nothing more than my childhood dreamland. Most importantly, I am now fortunate enough to travel the world with my very own James Bond, my husband.

6 comments

Raihaana July 31, 2019 - 2:56 pm

I love this! Well done Fay

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Fay August 1, 2019 - 10:17 am

Thank you Raihaana 🙂

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Mandy - Frugal Travellers August 2, 2019 - 6:11 am

A excellent post! We’re heading through Turkey and should be in Istanbul in 5 weeks – will be referring back to this post for inspiration.

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Fay August 2, 2019 - 1:39 pm

Thank you Mandy for reading my post. Turkey is amazing I’m sure you gonna enjoy it

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Mandy - Frugal Travellers September 6, 2019 - 4:58 pm

We’re staying near Osmanbey metro and love this area! Out of interest – what are your favourite Turkish dishes? We’re a bit stuck for inspiration so have been eating far too many döner and kebabs, along with baklava and dondurma ????

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Fay September 9, 2019 - 11:24 am

Hello Mandy, thanks for getting in touch. the Turkish food is amazing they have a rich cuisine. If you like meat dishes try Iskender served with yoghurt. I like Lahmacum and Pide, they are 2 types of traditional Turkish pizza, also the special meat pasta called Manti. My favorite Turkish treat is the full breakfast served with different types of cheese, eggs, olives and veggies. I loved having Menemen the tasty Turkish omelet loaded with cheese.
For a vegetarian option you have a variety of salads, delicious soups, and other Turkish specialties like Cig Kofte, Dolma, Borek..Enjoy and let me how it goes

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