Istanbul, Turkey – Day 1

I am a little overwhelmed when thinking of recapping our honeymoon. We did so much and saw so much over our two week trip – did I mention I took over 4,000 pictures?! So there is a lot to recap and lots of pictures to sort through, but I am excited to relive our trip with you!

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The first part of our trip began in Istanbul, Turkey. We weren’t planning on coming here for our honeymoon at all, but then we watched a Rick Steve’s travel video on Greece and it had an entire section on Istanbul and we both knew we HAD to go – and we are so glad we did!

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We left Philadelphia for Istanbul on Monday evening so we arrived in Turkey during the day on Tuesday. We had lots of time to explore and take on the day. Our hotel was located close to all the action – we stayed in Sultanahmet which was really close to Topkapı Palace – Hagia Sophia – Blue Mosque – the main attractions!

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Since we had some time to walk around and take in the sights the first day, we decided to walk over to see Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. Both of which we were going to see the inside of the next day on our tour, but we wanted to check them out and get a little sneak peak!

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To me, the Blue Mosque was incredible. I had never seen anything like it before and I was blown away by the beautiful minarets (which is the tall pointy thing in the middle of the picture!)

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Charles and I just hung out in the courtyard of the mosque, we wanted to save checking out the interior of the mosque for our tour the next day,

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Just taking in the outside of the Blue Mosque was pretty impressive!

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This spot is called the “Facebook Spot” – I love it!

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A beautiful fountain separates the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia – two of the largest landmarks in Istanbul are right across from each other.

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Hagia Sophia is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum. It was the largest cathedral in the world for thousands of years!

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To me, the outside of the Blue Mosque is more impressive, but the locals in Istanbul seemed to be more proud of Hagia Sophia!

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Since we would be seeing the inside of this bad boy the next day too, we decided to take a walk and get to know our new surroundings!

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It was such a gorgeous day – perfect temperature for walking around! Jeans and t-shirt weather is my favorite!

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It was fun just walking around, exploring and getting lost in the streets of Istanbul, Turkey!

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The streets were really cute. Is that weird to say? I enjoyed the cobblestone.

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And it was such a gorgeous day that we ended up making our way towards the Topkapi Palace gardens.

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I had only been in Istanbul for a few hours, but I was already in love. Everything was so clean and really impressive.

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After taking in some of the sights our tummies began to rumble so we stopped for our first Turkish meal!

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We walked by this restaurant and I saw this giant bread basket and knew I had to have it!

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That is one big hunk of bread – but it was all hallowed inside!

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To celebrate the first night of our ‘moon we got a lovely Turkish bottle of wine.

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It was delish!

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My first Turkish meal was a chicken kebab of sorts. It was very yummy!

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We ended our meal with some Truva, which is a Turkish brandy, compliments of the restaurant.

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Check out the cute little restaurant – it was lovely to sit, watch the sunset in the sky and see the people walk by on the street.

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Pretty much an amazing first evening in Turkey.

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Not a bad nighttime view of the Blue Mosque either!

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At this point, Charles and I couldn’t wait to see what else Turkey had to offer – we had a fantastic first day and were so excited for the honeymoon to officially be underway!

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8 Comments

  • Reply Shannon June 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Turkey looks amazing. I have never considered going there but now I might reconsider! 🙂

  • Reply Hope June 15, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Turkey looks beautiful! I love the last picture you posted! The Blue Mosque looks so pretty at night!

  • Reply Emily Kathleen June 16, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I am SO jealous you went to Istanbul!! I want to go there so bad! I brought it up when hubs and I were planning our honeymoon – unfortunately he didn’t share my enthusiasm. We settled on Spain – but I’m definitely making him travel to Turkey at some point! Your pictures look beautiful!

  • Reply MARIA June 22, 2011 at 12:35 am

    i’ll go to turkey too!!!soon……it’s a nice place!!!!!

  • Reply maria June 22, 2011 at 12:37 am

    samot na nuon akong kaibog nga muadto jud ko turkey!!!!i’ve been dreaming of this place ……………………………………………….TURKEY

  • Reply deborah July 3, 2011 at 10:33 am

    going july 26 cant wait .

  • Reply Patty O July 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Istanbul looks like an amazing city – love the cobblestone streets, reminds me of the Roman streets in the Medieval city in Germany. The night sky looked so romantic too! What a great honeymoon destination…

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