Istanbul was the capital city of three successive empires; Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman with unbeatable landscape of turquoise blue waterfront.
Bosphorus – taken by Efenem’s camera, but it was not efenem who took it. Credits to Rahimah.
We lived in Istanbul Hostel, which is like 20 seconds walk from the famous Istanbul must-visit places.
Istanbul Hostel – accomodation in Istanbul
Sultan Ahmet mosque – It’s pretty boring actually because everyone also has a piece of this
Then there’s Hagia Sofia, the church-turned-mosque-turned-museum about another 20 seconds walk from Sultan Ahmet Mosque.
The inside of Aya Sofia @ Hagia Sofia
Actually these two places (Sultan Ahmet mosque and Hagia Sofia) are kinda nice since they are the biggest tourist attractions in Turkey, but somehow, our crappy tour guide for the day was kinda rushing over and over, we didn’t have a good chance to take lovely photos and listening to historic explanations. We always had to catch up to his pace. Ugly bastard!
We were so mad at him that he gave us only like 50 minutes to shop in the grand bazar! It is a grand bazar damn it!!
The Grand Bazar
Everyone made their angry faces except the distracted efenem “Babi punye tour guide! Mana boleh kejap je shopping!~ Pffftttt!”
Spice Bazar, not Grand Bazar
Another attraction is the Topkapi palace, where it is believed that the prophets’ legacies are exhibited for the public…
Topkapi – this place is where they kept prophet Muhammad’s beard, prophet Yahya’s arm among others
The next day, we got a new tour guide because we fired the one who gave us freakin’ 50 minutes for bazar (thanks to Rahimah). He was much friendlier and bought us to cruise.
mmm… seronoknyerrrrr 😉
Happy at first! (Why the heck am I wearing bluetooth on cruise???)
Then these kids got tired already after 1 hour of cruising!
Bosphorus bridge connecting European and Asian Istanbul
Then went on Dolmabahce palace for some ancient rich kids
Dolmabahce grand stair case
Palais Grande – Dolmabahce
We had to visit Asian part of Istanbul, so here it goes:
View of European Istanbul from Asian Istanbul
Getting outta Asian Istanbul. It’s too boring my pants just got short… 🙂
All in all, efenem is satisfied with Istanbul, except with that anjing tour guide.
Muka puas hati efenem 🙂