This is Christine of GRRRLTRAVELER! Today we're in Istanbul, Turkey.
It’s a city that’s both, mystical andmysterious, with a history spanning over 4000 years.
There’s a lot to do and see in Istanbul,so I’m going to show you the highlights of my trip! Sultanamet is the most popular tourist neighborhood, housing the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, HagiaSophia and the Grand Bazaar.
It’s got a plethora of restaurants, travelagencies, sweet shops and cafes.
The Blue Mosque was built by 15 year old SultanAhmet, it was meant to be an Islamic place of worshipgrander than the Hagia Sofia.
The architecture is not only exquisite, buteasily my favorite landmark.
It was given its name due to the 20,000 bluetiles which line the ceiling.
Prayer calls occur every 5 hours for 30 minutes.
Women who hope to enter are required to weara headdress.
The Hagia Sophia was the architectural highlightof the Byzantine era, when the arts and architecture flourished.
It was built by the Emperor Justinian inthe 6th century.
It was first a cathedral, then a mosqueand now, a museum for tourists to visit.
Did you know Istanbul had an underground scene? The Basilica Cistern is the largest of severalhundred ancient Byzantine water storage caverns resting beneath the city of Istanbul .
It houses two large stone carvings of medusa heads.
The Turksh have a bit of a sweet tooth.
And you'll see a lot of sweet shops off thebat.
From Turkish delight to beautifully nutt sprinkledpastries.
They're all ornately laid ready to make yourmouth water.
Why not take in a Whirling Dervish performance? The celebrational and spiritual prayer danceis still active in istanbul and Konya.
We're walking down the Grand Bazaar rightnow.
And it's almost a mile long.
There are little alleys off to the side thatyou can detour in.
It's actually quite overwhelming.
YOu can probably buy anything, jewelry, clothing.
If you want to go shopping this is the theplace to come to.
I bought pomegranate juice from this vendorin back of me.
I bought it for 5 lira, which is two and ahalf U.
Eminonu is the gritty crossroads, where you’llfind spice, fishermen and ferry cruises that go down theBospherous Strait.
Spice Bazaar is a bazaar filled with stallsof Turkish spices and sweets.
Some vendors here make their own spice mixesand will give you a free taste to lure you in.
If the Spice Bazaar is too touristy for you, the local market right outside will take youdirectly into the Turkish kitchens.
What you may not know is that Istanbul iscity on two continents.
The Bosphorus strait divides Turkey’s Westernside and Asian sides.
Today, it’s transportation route for the13.
5 million Istanbulers.
You can take a Bospherous cruise for 10 lirafrom the docks off the left docks of Eminönü.
For 25 TL, you can take the Full BosphorusCruise, a longer cruise to the Black Sea and back.
The Galata Bridge links the neighborhoodsof Eminönü and Karaköy, and it is the dock of choicefor amateur fishermen.
Walking over Galata Bridge you'll see a lotof fishermen lined up along the bridge side, throwing their reels out waiting to catchsome fish.
Now a lot of them look pretty patient andthey're here for the day.
And it's quite a sight to see.
Now it's notonly on this side of the bridge.
It's also on the other side too.
This has got to be some awesome fishing spot.
Here are on Yusek Kaldirrmmm… I'm not gettingit.
This street goes up all the way up to GalataTower.
There's a lot of cute boutique shops.
Andeventually it gets artsy.
So we're outside the Galata Tower.
It is said to have the best view of all ofIstanbul.
That is because it has a 360 degree view.
Cost is 16.
5 lira, which can be a little steep, but if a view is worth it to you, make sure you pick a sunny day.