Aya Sofya

I didn’t know what to expect when I decided to visit Istanbul. Being a history junkie, I knew I would drool seeing all the ancient sites and ruins the city is famous for and that was about it. No other expectation! In fact, I was afraid. Yes I get frightened that a place may not accept me as much as I’m willing to accept her and that gives me some chills.

Fortunately for me, I fell in love. Asides from drooling at ancient sites and ruins as earlier expressed, I found myself holding on tight to this city more than I expected. Two continents, Four connecting body of water, Secular Islamic people, Tons of cafes and restaurants, Turkish delight, Trams, Boat rides, bazaars, Istanbul to me can be described as eclectic and what’s not to love about that.

I see myself coming here often in the future. I’ve signed up for the frequent flyer programme for Turkish airlines which flies directly to Istanbul from Lagos so I can enjoy stopovers (to accumulate miles) and free rides sometime in the future. I also intend to explore more of Turkey outside of Istanbul as the country has a lot to offer.

But for now, let me introduce Istanbul to you as seen from my iphone and DSLR:

At A Café

Blending into the Turkish way of life at a Café where I had my first Turkish Coffee

Café

A cross section of the Café

Turkish Coffee...always served with water. The water is to be used for washing the mouth first before tasting the coffee.

Turkish Coffee…always served with water. The water is to be used for washing the mouth first before tasting the coffee.

The Blue Mosque at dusk. The Sixth minaret is being reconstructed.

The Blue Mosque at dusk. The Sixth minaret is being reconstructed.

Aya Sofya

Part of the Blue Mosque as seen from one of the windows of Hagia Sofia

Inside the Blue Mosque

Inside the Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque is still active so I visited just after the 4pm prayer. Women visiting are required to cover their hair

The Blue Mosque is still active so I visited just after the 4pm prayer. Women visiting are required to cover their hair

Cankurtaran

Cankurtaran

Hagia Sofia...The weather wasn't the best for taking pictures

Hagia Sofia…The weather wasn’t the best for taking pictures

T1 Tram Line

The T1 Tram line that runs between Kabataş and Bağcılar

Baklava

My first encounter with Baklava, the most popular Turkish Desert

Sultan Ahmet

A statue of Sultan Ahmet

Üsküdar

Lovely Landscape

Beylerbeyi

Beylerbeyi

Fishing in Istanbul

Fishing seems to be a norm in Istanbul and I saw this whenever my ride went over a bridge

Miniatürk

Miniatürk

Miniatürk

Hagi Sofia and The Blue Mosque at Miniatürk

The famous Istiklal Caddesi with its old tramline

The famous Istiklal Caddesi with its old tramline

Galata Tower

Galata Tower at Night

The road heading to Galata bridge from Beyoğlu

The road heading to Galata bridge from Beyoğlu

Hustle and Bustle by the Golden Horn

Hustle and Bustle by the Golden Horn

Sulemaniye Mosque

Sulemaniye Mosque

The new mosque

The new mosque

Restaurants under the Galata bridge

Restaurants under the Galata bridge. I had dinner at Balik Noktasi

My dinner at Balik Noktasi...Grilled Sea Bream caught from the Bosphorus

My dinner at Balik Noktasi…Grilled Sea Bream caught from the Bosphorus

Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar…one of the oldest Bazaars in the world

Deniz

Deniz runs a store in the Grand bazaar where he sells Turkish Delight, Nuts and Spices

Turkish Delight

A box of Turkish delight I bought from his store. There were really AWESOME!!!

Kabataş port

Kabataş port

Dolmabahçe Palace

Dolmabahçe Palace

Dolmabahçe Palace

Me with Dolmabahçe Palace behind the scene

Ortaköy Mosque

Ortaköy Mosque

Man made Island on the Bosporus strait

Man made Island on the Bosphorus strait

Mr K, a photographer I met at Beylerbeyi

Mr K, a photographer I met at Beylerbeyi

A portrait of me

A portrait of me by the Bosphorus courtesy of Mr K.

Old city walls somewhere on the Asian side

Old city walls somewhere on the Asian side

Had more Turkish Coffee at this Café on the Asian side

Had more Turkish Coffee at this Café on the Asian side

Another photo of me by the Bosphorus

Another photo of me by the Bosphorus

This Boat looks like something out of a movie

This Boat looks like something out of a movie…sort of

The Bosphorus Bridge

The Bosphorus Bridge

A scene from Topkapi Palace

A scene from Topkapi Palace

A view of the city and Marmara sea from Topkapi Palace

A view of the city and Marmara sea from Topkapi Palace

Kumpir

Kumpir

A street vendor selling boiled and roasted corn...It'll be so cool if the vendors here in Lagos adopt this method

A street vendor selling boiled and roasted corn…It’ll be so cool if the vendors here in Lagos adopt this method

This is my introduction of Istanbul in a nutshell. I have a whole lot of photos I didn’t post and I intend to share some of them at a later date.

Apologies for not posting so much last month. I was on the road and it is difficult for me to get super creative and while I’m busy getting familiar with a place and taking it all in. I guess I still have a lot to learn.


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Fola’s Waka is a travel blog aimed at sharing travel experiences and tips to enlighten people about the world about their chosen destination places.

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