I am back! Back to work and normality but still in the blissful state of being on holiday.
Istanbul was amazing, beautiful and 'Bazaar' (ha ha excuse my terrible pun - I couldn't help myself!). It was filled with interesting people and things and had that lovely Turkish culture mixed in with a vibrant, busy city. Of course the gorgeous weather kind of helped too. It is an extremely huge place and by no means did I see it all, but what I did see has persuaded me to go back and explore the rest in the future.
I still haven't got through all of my photos but here are a few from the first part of my trip in Istanbul and also of the beautiful Altinkum which is on the Aegean Coast and is where I spent the remainder of my holiday.
#1 The Blue Mosque
#2 The Grand Bazaar
#3 Istinye Park
#4 Didim Marina
During my stay in Istanbul we ended up at the most amazing shopping centre by accident (#3). It was genuinely the best mistake I have ever made! Istinye Park was filled with a range of high street stores, including Zara, Mango, Bershka and Pull and Bear, but it also had some great Turkish high street fashion and high-end designer. By far my favourite store was Yargici where I purchased some pumps and a gorgeous white slogan t-shirt. I love going to other countries and checking out their high-street fashion chains. It's great to get those sneaky buys that you can't easily get hold of at home.
Have you ever been to Turkey or Istanbul? Let me know your thoughts and experiences...