Top things to do in Istanbul

When I first considered Istanbul as a holiday destination, I thought about eating kebab, sampling Turkish delights and watching belly dancers. When I arrived in Istanbul, I realised that there was so much more to see and do. Below are my top things to do in Istanbul from the architectural wonders of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, to the beauty of the Bosphorus to the chaos of the Grand Bazaar, there’s something for everyone and believe me, you would not want to miss any of it! I’ve included some handy tips for you too, so let me know what you think! Continue reading “Top things to do in Istanbul”

Eating fish from a fish boat in Istanbul

Happy belated Easter! We spent Easter in Istanbul on the weekend and spent a glorious 6 days there with some friends.

We had a jam-packed weekend sight-seeing, eating good food and meeting some amazing people in Istanbul.

My favourite place in Istanbul is not a tourist attraction, but a humble fish restaurant. Technically, it’s less of a restaurant and more of a fish boat! I spotted the fish boat when I was on the Galata Bridge. I saw this boat bobbing in the water. There was a lot of action going on. I could see men handing things to other men from the boat to what looked like a covered area set out like a restaurant. We soon discovered that this bobbing object was a boat that was attached to the pier and was ultimately used as kitchen. Continue reading “Eating fish from a fish boat in Istanbul”

My first Turkish Ice-cream (dondurma) experience in Istanbul

The Turkish ice-cream man presents the ice-cream (also known as dondurma) to you with such flair and drama, that you can’t help having a laugh. He draws in a crowd with his sense of humour and really makes you work for your ice-cream. My friends and I spent Easter in Istanbul and had such an interesting experience buying/eating Turkish ice-cream.

The actual ice-cream itself has an interesting texture; smooth and hard and almost chewy when you bite into it. The best thing about Turkish ice-cream is that it also melts less easily during the warmer temperatures of summer! It’s like eating a cold, chewy piece of candy on a cone. When you’re in Instanbul next, you should look for the Turkish Ice-cream man and have a try of the the delicious dondurma! Continue reading “My first Turkish Ice-cream (dondurma) experience in Istanbul”