I’d rather be in Istanbul…

So if you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ve probably gathered that I am a home school graduate currently plotting my great escape from an average life to go travel the world. You know that feeling when you are just desperate to experience something you’ve never experienced before? Some people call it wanderlust, I call it itchy feet. When the itches strikes me, I usually have to sate myself by spending an evening on pinterest planning my dream trip to some random location. Istanbul is my latest obsession. Why?

Must I really explain? Okay, gladly…
Just a sampling of the bajillion of places I want to see. What other place in the world has the history mixed with unique culture mixed with just the right amount of exotic adventure? It is like a perfectly blended tea. Speaking of which, I’ll take a glass.

1. The Grand Bazaar 

This is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the word, covering 61 streets and holding over 3,000 stores. Folks say part of the experience is getting completely lost and disoriented amongst the overwhelming beauty. The sensory overload and bartering expectations intrigue me. I am not the only one; it is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world.

2. Topkapi Palace

This extravagant palace was the home of Ottoman sultans for over 400 years. Now it is a museum filled with beautiful wonders and important religious relics. It was made a UNESCO world heritage site as the best example of an Ottoman period palace.

3. Sultan Ahmed Mosque 

Known as “The Blue Mosque” for its splendid colors, it was built to rival the Haggia Sophia. This mosque is truly an Ottoman architectural wonder. From the inside out, it is filled with marvelous beauty from tiled ceilings to no less than six giant minarets. This is Istanbul.

4. Old City Walls 

Imagine exploring a city and then running into impressively well preserved city walls from the Byzantine empire. BYZANTINE EMPIRE FOLKS! I for one, imagine it quite often.

5. Haggia Sophia 

This may be the building in Istanbul with the most history. It started in 537 AD as a Greek Orthodox church before being converted to Roman Catholic cathedral before being turned into an Islamic Mosque and now lies under secular ownership as a museum. This was the church dedicated to the wisdom of God, and as such, it was designed to be awe inspiring.

6. Phosporus Bridge 

Straddling two continents baby! I’d like to run across it. Or just admire it at night. Or drive down it. Or take a ferry under it. Or just do it all.

7. Beylerbeyi Palace

This place just makes my jaw drop. That is all I can say.

 8. Tea

I dream of sipping Turkish tea at a tea house. As the delicious art of tea warmed my soul, foreign tongues would surround me and comfy rugs and bright tapestries would overwhelm my senses. What could be more culturally thrilling and relaxing at the same time?

9. Basilica Cistern 
This eerie underground cistern was first constructed during the 6th century during the reign of Justinian I. That gives me goosebumps. Although it is no longer used as a water reservoir for the great palaces and buildings of Istanbul, water trickles through the ceiling and classical music echoes through the hallways.
10. Istiklal Avenue 
This is one of the busiest streets in the world, visited by over three million people every day. It is a beautiful road lined with boutiques, book stores, historical patisseries, and choclateries, all in beautiful late 19th century and early 20th Ottoman buildings.
Oh oh oh. Let’s not forget the food. 

Is anyone else drooling? What a lovely pinterest trip. I can’t wait to someday fulfill all the dreams I plan on the Internet. I honestly don’t know if I’ll be able to handle my excitement when that day comes.

And that is all for now folks.

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

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