Istanbul Turkey Hagia Sophia Spring

Oh, Istanbul, I cannot wait to visit you again.
My mum and I went to Turkey in April 2016 and visited Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale and Ephesus. Here are some photos from our 4-day stay in Istanbul. 




Hagia Sophia was a Greek Orthodox Basilica then a Roman Catholic Church by the 4th crusaders and then into a mosque by the Ottoman Empire from 1453 until 1931. It's now a museum where visitors will see remnants of Christianity and Islam artefacts under one roof. 
The history of Turkey would be really interesting to learn further about.

The Blue Mosque from Hagia Sophia.

Outside the Blue Mosque. Such an impressive architectural feat.

Here are some scenes around the Grand Bazaar...


We visited the Basilica Cistern that was built underground in the 6th Century used as water storage. 


We also visited Kadikoy by ferry, the asian side of Istanbul. We pampered ourselves at a Hamam (Turkish bath) and walked around the area. 

I travelled around Europe of two years living in London, eating my way around the continent. But I can say, hands down, Turkey has THE BEST BREAD! I was obsessed. How they get the bread so warm and soft in the inside every single time, everywhere I went, was a carb-fest for my taste buds. Of course, it wasn't just the bread.
I discovered Lahmacun (Turkish Pizza) when we saw people eating it outside of a restaurant and decided to try it as a snack. This heavenly dish was one of many delights we encountered! 

Istanbul by night on the ferry back. I can't wait to go back.

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