So Alex and I spent eight days in Istanbul and honestly I could have stayed there for at least another week. The city is a vibrant and fast paced and has so much history within its walls. I love Istanbul for its history but also for its present culture. Its an amazing city and has so much to offer from the Grand Bazaar and the Hagia Sophia to the traditional Turkish Baths and the Basilica Cistern. I know the term a “blend of East and West” is cliche but if you are going to use it, it better be used to describe Istanbul. It was the first Christian capitol in the West and then that capitol fell in 1453 to the Ottoman Turks and became the Muslim capitol in Europe. You can see so much of both of these two influences all over the city. I definitely suggest that whatever you do, go to Istanbul. You will not regret it, I promise.
Istanbul is a city that I will never forget, I had an amazing time there. Between the Mosques and the Basilica Cistern, I felt at peace in the city which was at times could be so bustling it verged on chaotic. It was a magnifient city filled with so much history, culture, great food and most of the people were overwhelmingly friendly. As I said I would recommend Istanbul as a city for everyone to visit and I cannot wait to plan my return trip and see more of Turkey itself!