This European Summer, as I am sure you know. I traveled to Istanbul. Looking back it truly was quite something. I have never experienced something like this before. I mean its one of the only countries in the world to be a combination of Europe and the Middle East.
It is rich in architecture where you can clearly see the middle east influence but then by simply crossing the street or a few blocks away and it seems like you are in Europe. The weather is very hot and humid so be sure to pack light airy clothes when traveling there.
The streets vary from neutral tones that don’t stand out too much to very bright and colourful. One of the streets we went to was in Karaköy. This is an important transportation and trade center. This neighborhood is full of history-defying structures, charming streets, and of course many different types of foods and drinks.
I like to call it the umbrella street, because of all the cool umbrellas hanging above the coffee shops, its not just a cool place to take pictures, but also a nice place to grab a coffee and read a book.
Another must-see is Besiktas-Ortakoy. It is situated right on the waterfront and has a market with a number of mini-stalls selling all kinds of souvenirs. It also has a breathtaking view of Ortaköy Camii (Ortakoy Mosque) and the Bosphorus Bridge, this is one of the two bridges that connect the European and Asian banks of Istanbul.
Now on to what I am wearing…
I am simply wearing denim shorts with a white high-neck cross back top. Paired with silver bedazzled sandals. I was a tourist and had lots to carry so took my black backpack but of course, that’s, not a must.