Oops I’m in Turkey

I made it!

Funny story: turns out S accidentally booked us business class tickets out to Istanbul. Apparently they were the cheapest; I’m not complaining. We flew with Turkish Airlines and the highlight was a gluten free lunch that was actually really tasty. No boiled fish in sight!

Full review coming soon…

We arrived last night and have spent the today tramping around Beyoğlu, our local district.

So far, we have seen little back streets stuffed with gorgeous cafes…

…found some awesome street art…

…glimpsed the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque from afar…

…had our own bespoke Turkish delight made for us by a delightful man…

…my hair has reached heights of frizz as yet unknown to man, thanks to the drizzly weather….

…and S has been mistaken for an Iranian, and had his nipples tweaked as a consequence. Good times.

If you’re on for more, I’ve reactivated my dormant Instagram account (@anestingnomad) and will be snapchatting (anestingnomad) to an obnoxious degree as well.

-Rachel

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41 Comments

    • 29th March 2016 / 16:46

      Thank you! It was so much fun. We only got back last night and I want to go back already!

  1. sydneyshopgirl
    26th March 2016 / 22:11

    Beautiful photos! Can’t wait to see and read more.

    SSG xxx

    • 29th March 2016 / 16:47

      Thank you! It’s such a pretty place, it made it easy!

  2. 27th March 2016 / 01:51

    Have a wonderful time in Turkey!

    • 29th March 2016 / 16:48

      Thanks! We did 🙂 It’s such a cool place, I only wish I’d gone sooner.

  3. 27th March 2016 / 22:03

    Beautiful pictures! I would love to go to Turkey!

    • 29th March 2016 / 16:48

      Thank you Christy! If you are able to, I’d highly recommend a trip to Istanbul. I loved it.

    • 29th March 2016 / 16:48

      Thanks, I did! Oh my goodness that Turkish delight was incredible. I had to go back and get more 🙂

  4. Kerri Taylor
    28th March 2016 / 14:01

    so pretty! yay for turkey!

    • 29th March 2016 / 16:50

      Yay Turkey! 🙂

  5. 28th March 2016 / 21:20

    yay snapchat away!!! love the hair. and yay for yummy GF plane meals! that never happens lol

    • 29th March 2016 / 16:51

      Seriously Turkish Airlines food was amazing. I now want to fly all my flights with them. I don’t care that we only had overhead screens on the way back because I had the most DELICIOUS kofte. With sufficient carbs to go with it (never happens). I’m still dreaming about it a little bit?

  6. 29th March 2016 / 09:39

    Business class tickets? That sounds great :)! Turkey looks great so far, love the little back streets! And how was this Turkish treat, it looks wonderful!? #Visiting from TravelTuesday

    • 29th March 2016 / 16:53

      I’m as surprised as you! It was such a treat, although we flew economy on the way back and honestly that was almost as good. The Turkish delight was so good we had to go back for another box…!

  7. 29th March 2016 / 10:12

    Have a great time in Istanbul! I had so much fun there… it’s such an incredible, exciting city! I look forward to a full report afterwards!

    • 29th March 2016 / 16:53

      Ahh I’m glad you enjoyed it too! Have you written about it? I’m going to go and stalk your blog now and have a look. I’m always keen to hear what others make of the places I visit. We’re back now and had the most amazing time, posts coming soon…

  8. 29th March 2016 / 13:19

    After I watched the movie Taken 2 I was obsessed with Istanbul. It looks so beautiful and unique!

    • 29th March 2016 / 16:54

      You know, I haven’t seen that film but I enjoyed Taken and I definitely enjoyed Istanbul so maybe I will go and watch it! It’s such a cool place. I’d heard it was a mix of east and west but if you ask me it’s something else besides. So unique.

  9. Jen
    29th March 2016 / 14:45

    I hope you have a wonderful time in Turkey!!!

    • 29th March 2016 / 16:54

      Thanks Jen, we really did! I’m a bit sad to be home now 🙁

  10. Grey World Nomads
    29th March 2016 / 17:04

    that looks delicious and delightful 😉 #TravelTuesday

    • 29th March 2016 / 18:53

      It was even more delicious and delightful in person! I’m missing it already!

  11. 29th March 2016 / 20:26

    I love love love Istanbul!! Have so much fun! Can’t wait to read about it and see what you think! It was one of my favorites in all of Europe!

    • 31st March 2016 / 16:31

      And now I do too! Firm fan, and I want to go back already. I’m glad you loved it too, where were your other European favourites?

  12. 30th March 2016 / 01:14

    I have not visited Istanbul yet but I am looking forward to a visit in the future. Those little back streets are gorgeous.

    • 31st March 2016 / 16:32

      It’s such a cool place, so different than I expected (not sure what I expected to be honest!) but in the best possible way. The back streets were awesome, I could have walked around them all day.

  13. 30th March 2016 / 07:30

    sounds to me like you’ve had an interesting start to your vacation in Istanbul, can’t wait to read more!

    • 31st March 2016 / 16:32

      We certainly did! The rest of it was fantastic too. There will be more to read I promise 🙂

    • 31st March 2016 / 16:32

      I really did! It’s an amazing place. I’m trying to plot a return trip already. Have you been? What was your favourite bit?

      • 1st April 2016 / 21:24

        Yes i had three days there, almost two years ago. I think the Spice market and just wandering around spotting all the beautiful mosques. Such a great city!

  14. 30th March 2016 / 10:26

    I must visit Istanbul! Can’t wait to hear more.

    • 31st March 2016 / 16:33

      I highly, highly recommend it. Such a cool place, we had an awesome 5 days. I only wish we could have stayed longer.

  15. 31st March 2016 / 11:21

    Yay! I can’t wait for all of your Istanbul posts! Love these hilarious tidbits of an introduction to a city, it’s always the most fun part to notice what’s different right away! Have a wonderful time!

    • 31st March 2016 / 16:33

      Ha, you may wish you hadn’t said that by the time I’m done with my deluge! Noticing the differences is so much fun, it’s good to think about culture and what’s important and not important.

  16. 3rd April 2016 / 15:44

    That’s so awesome that y’all had business class seats on your way to Istanbul and that the lunch was good! I can’t wait to hear more about your trip!

    • 3rd April 2016 / 22:46

      It was such a treat! But economy on the way back was really good too, delicious food, comfy seat… Basically I’m a Turkish Airlines convert now 🙂

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