We had a bit of a wild night out on our first full day in Istanbul sooo
we slept in a little bit the next before heading out again.
(I’m going to refrain from posting the drunken/dancing photo’s in
order to not embarrass myself) Our second day was even more
exciting than the first. For me anyways.
Here are some more pictures for must see/do in Istanbul.
We started the morning with the Basilica Cisterns. They were phenomenal.
It was super cool and super creepy in there.
You walked down into the Cisterns and quickly realized you were
underneath Istanbul and also quickly wondered how long this
thing could hold up over time.
It was one of my favorite things we saw… behind Hagia Sophia and
the Blue Mosque.
After the Cisterns we walked around a bit to find this gem.
It’s Topkapi palace! We first walked into this place, got through
security and realized we didn’t have tickets. Oops. Turedn around and
started again. It was a bit of a maze and none of us were really that into
the sights inside but we did enjoy wandering the grounds and the sprawling
city and Bosphorus views.
The views were totally worth the trek inside.
After we finished, I was HANGRY. You know, hungry and angry about it.
So we went in search of eats and Lael swore there was a roof top bar (He swore
this everyday and lucked out because we’d end up finding the only one around).
We found Seven Hills and it was amazing because it overlooked both
the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. We listened to the call of
prayer, which was magical, and enjoyed a bite to eat and some tea.
And I found hummus. But I’ll be honest. It wasn’t that good. Eh. Mediocre
It was nice to sit in the sun with these kids.
We ended our day sitting on the Bosphorus enjoying hookah and
turkish tea. The sunset was something else.
We had another great meal near Taksim called Leb-i Derya. I highly
recommend this place for not only the amazing food, but also for
the views. Again, with the views. Why are they so good everywhere
in Istanbul? I opted for the salmon and it was hell-a-good.
BUT not as good as the hummus from Babel.