Places to visit in Turkey: Istanbul

Turkey was my first ever overseas trip.  October 2007, I was 25 years old. (Oops, just gave away my age) Anyway,  I won the incentive trip to Turkey through the company I worked for.  Of course, I was over the moon but equally sad that I couldn’t take my daughter and girlfriend (now wife) with.  I don’t like going away without them!

This is how I spend my 5 days in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Hotel in Taksim Square.

My view from the hotel room – not a very nice view 😦

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Some sightseeing:  Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar and some other I can’t remember.

We cruised between Asia and Europe.

In South Africa, the taxi drivers have a bad reputation but the taxi drivers in Turkey are even worse.  They drive like maniacs!

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The beer was good and the people were friendly, most of the time.  Sometimes too friendly but that’s a story for another time.

I did not like the food at all but I loved the Raki which is a traditional Turkish drink.

More info here on raki.

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All in all, I enjoyed my trip but I definitely wouldn’t go back to Turkey.  It’s one of those been there, done that situations.  Nevertheless, the travel bug bit and I’m infected – there is no cure!  On to the next destination…..

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Ryan says:

    Great read. CHeers to your future travels.

    http://www.cometravelwithme.co

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    1. Thanks Ryan!! I will be sure to visit your site!

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  2. Sandy says:

    Ouch! 🙂 Istanbul is actually very pretty. Especially a walk along the Bosphorus is exactly what makes it beautiful besides the lovely mosques. Such a pity you didn’t enjoy it. I hope you do find another reason to visit it & fall in love with the city. And Turkey too :o)

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