Istanbul, Constantinople

Istanbul was unique. Located on the breathtaking Bosphorus strait and encompasses the natural harbour known as the Golden Horn which extends both on the Thrace (European) and Anatolia(Asian) sides of the Bosphorus making the only metropolis in the world situated on two continents. Oh I have plenty to tell on my personal experiences. But I'm too excited to start it off with pictures. I've tried to contain my excitement. But oh well, screw it! Here we go

Despite the gloomy and raining weather, my spirit was there. A bit chilly some days but most of the time we didn't realised it. The people is utter nice when you're married and in hijab and the food. Oh the food, seriously can knocked off 10 years of me and my husband's life but we don't care. Now instead of actions, I have to sit and think about how should I lose the holiday pounds. Haha.

There was nothing to hate about this city.

Friendly cats and dogs roamed about the city just like the citizens itself. In every inch of its fibre there's mosques. Literally every 10 steps you take. Though it sadden me that less than a quarter of their moslems only practice. The magnificent blue mosque from the Ottoman empire still standing perfectly. The controversial church/mosque Hagia sophia is beautiful.

Thousands of shops accommodate the Grand bazaar. The exhaustive hilly walk to the massive Topkapi palace. The smell of the sea. The delicious delicacies. The antique deco. The romantic walk at night with the sound of flute played. I could go on forever. And most importantly the city pretty much a safe place for tourist if you're not a party type.

My favourite was the character of the city itself. Dedicated persuasive touts but not persistent, affable fisherman ready for photos whenever a fish was caught, a man with a big heart feeding a big loft of pigeons - it was a photography heaven.

I'll keep the story short and leave the whole story to those that have Istanbul in their list. One thing for sure, Istanbul is worth it.

A cliche but Istanbul sure is one of my most favourite city I've visited. A city must be visited by an adventure seeker, food lover and most importantly, a person who truly appreciate a good old history. 

I'll shout it out loud here - I love Istanbul!

Credit : Some of the pictures taken above are inspired by lovely sister Shaliza Mokhtar.

79 comments:

ispeak malay said...

wahh. such a nice place, mashaAllah :)

Ami Schaheera said...

meow!! and flocking birds! and fish, and beans? wanna see moaarrr photos please hana please :D

SitiShukri said...

Love those two photos with so many birds in it. Lovely Hana. :)

firdaus said...

istanbul mmg sgt best :) worth a 2nd visit :D

Lady Dyla said...

your photos are amazing! and that was the time I saw you but 'malu-malu' kucing nk tegur.. heee~ .. generally the people are very nice i must say but careful if you are single and have no man in your group. It sure worth every lira. :)

Yunne Osman said...

hana dear, the photos are simply amazing and the way you put everything to words just make me want to go there right this instant! i bet you had such a great time there. ooh, and i love that leather jacket too.

hanafedora said...

Thanks yunne. Yes it's a must go city before we die.. hehe One of the most beautiful I've seen. We had fun and I didn't want to come back home but oh well.. Life must go on. :) And thanks! That leather jacket was a steal from the flea market.

hanafedora said...

Haha of all the places we stumbled in Istanbul and you didn't even say hi.. ;( next time we'll say our Salam I promise :)

hanafedora said...

My second visit would be capadocia, ankara and all the Asia side of Turkey. And of course shopping!!!

hanafedora said...

Thanks :) Believe me I didn't do any justice with the photos. Real life is wayyyyy prettier.

hanafedora said...

I'm sorting it out and hopefully to upload it on my personal FB. I'll see you there ami cat? meow meow..

hanafedora said...

Subhanallah :) It is indeed.

NadHM said...

Salam,

you have lots of great pictures there. simply loving it.

hanafedora said...

Thank you. I'm glad.

Faridah Zulkifli said...

kak hana! i'm ur new follower. I luv the way u deliver your idea thru your entries. u just simply write sincerely from the bottom of your heart! i enjoy reading your blog. keep on writing ya!

P.s: the pictures are so awesome! thumbs up!:)

mastura azmi said...

cantiknya,

harap2 dapat juga singgah ke sana satu hari nanti..

salam perkenalan..

Sweetscake81 said...

nice pic..like ur blog..

aimiebahirah said...

Istanbul looks amaaaaazing through your lense love! I'm glad you had fun there! =))

bella said...

hye sis hana, bella suggest sis should go to Ankara, its a main capital of Turkey just like KL! :) hehe.. if sis have chance, then u shud go there how great n awesome to be there! seriously! ppl in Ankara are all helpful and friendly. U'd love the way they treat u. Istanbul also good to be a vacation place to go... But the expenses there is quite double/ triple of Ankara's one :) btw, glad that to see those beautiful photos! siyes canteq! bella suke!! :)

Farah Nadia said...

salam kak hana, i think youre such an amazing woman ive ever met in virtual life. the way you touches the readers heart, its magnificent. youre wonderful just the way you are. salam ukhuwah.. feel free to hop in my blog...
Luvbugagain.blogspot
Im forever traveler too! :)
cheers! <3
p/s: the istanbul picts are awesome!

hanafedora said...

Thank you lovely! I've taken a peek into your lovely blog and I'm sure you'll do great for your paper :) All the best!

Aimi Arsyida said...

Kak Hana just made me fall in love with Istanbul.

hanafedora said...

If you were there you'd fall in love even more!

hanafedora said...

Wish you were there :)

AyureQ said...

I should go here too!!! oh, checking my schedule and wallet .. *counting*counting* ok maybe 2-3 years from now.. LOL

Nurul Ain Abd Hadi said...

Assalammualaikum hana,

hana tak kenal kak ain tapi saya kenal hana dari adik saya. Adik saya, Nurul HAyat Abd HAdi, dia pernah satu sekolah ngan hana. It's ok if you don't remember her. I've been following your blog for almost a year now, cuma sekarang jer ada sikit masa nak tulis kat sini.

Banyak nak tulis tapi untuk hari ni, kak ain cuma nak meluahkan rasa bangga terhadap hana yang sanggup bertungkus lumus dalam usia muda untuk mendapatkan PHD. Bertambahlah lagi anak bangsa yang berjaya. Kak ain cuma ada degree dan untuk melanjutkan lagi ke peringkat master & PHD kena tunggu anak-anak besar. Kak ain berniaga dan bukan makan gaji sebab tu tak mampu buat 3 perkara dalam satu masa.

hana, kak ain ucapkan selamat maju jaya dalam kehidupan......kak ain puas melihat kematangan dan pencapaian hana dalam kehidupan....ianya membuka satu ruang contoh untuk kak ain didik anak-anak kak ain menjadi seperti hana atau lebih baik lagi..Jangan berhenti menulis blog ini ya dik, satu hari kak ain akan suruh anak-anak kak ain baca blog ni..by the way, i'm 38 with 3 kids.....until next time dear hana....thank you for this lovely blog....

hanafedora said...

LOL!!1 you're so bubbly!

ispeak malay said...

wahh. such a nice place, mashaAllah :)

Ami Schaheera said...

meow!! and flocking birds! and fish, and beans? wanna see moaarrr photos please hana please :D

SitiShukri said...

Love those two photos with so many birds in it. Lovely Hana. :)

firdaus said...

istanbul mmg sgt best :) worth a 2nd visit :D

Lady Dyla said...

your photos are amazing! and that was the time I saw you but 'malu-malu' kucing nk tegur.. heee~ .. generally the people are very nice i must say but careful if you are single and have no man in your group. It sure worth every lira. :)

Yunne Osman said...

hana dear, the photos are simply amazing and the way you put everything to words just make me want to go there right this instant! i bet you had such a great time there. ooh, and i love that leather jacket too.

hanafedora said...

Thanks yunne. Yes it's a must go city before we die.. hehe One of the most beautiful I've seen. We had fun and I didn't want to come back home but oh well.. Life must go on. :) And thanks! That leather jacket was a steal from the flea market.

hanafedora said...

Haha of all the places we stumbled in Istanbul and you didn't even say hi.. ;( next time we'll say our Salam I promise :)

hanafedora said...

My second visit would be capadocia, ankara and all the Asia side of Turkey. And of course shopping!!!

hanafedora said...

Thanks :) Believe me I didn't do any justice with the photos. Real life is wayyyyy prettier.

hanafedora said...

I'm sorting it out and hopefully to upload it on my personal FB. I'll see you there ami cat? meow meow..

hanafedora said...

Subhanallah :) It is indeed.

NadHM said...

Salam,

you have lots of great pictures there. simply loving it.

hanafedora said...

Thank you. I'm glad.

mastura azmi said...

cantiknya,

harap2 dapat juga singgah ke sana satu hari nanti..

salam perkenalan..

Faridah Zulkifli said...

kak hana! i'm ur new follower. I luv the way u deliver your idea thru your entries. u just simply write sincerely from the bottom of your heart! i enjoy reading your blog. keep on writing ya!

P.s: the pictures are so awesome! thumbs up!:)

Sweetscake81 said...

nice pic..like ur blog..

aimiebahirah said...

Istanbul looks amaaaaazing through your lense love! I'm glad you had fun there! =))

bella said...

hye sis hana, bella suggest sis should go to Ankara, its a main capital of Turkey just like KL! :) hehe.. if sis have chance, then u shud go there how great n awesome to be there! seriously! ppl in Ankara are all helpful and friendly. U'd love the way they treat u. Istanbul also good to be a vacation place to go... But the expenses there is quite double/ triple of Ankara's one :) btw, glad that to see those beautiful photos! siyes canteq! bella suke!! :)

Farah Nadia said...

salam kak hana, i think youre such an amazing woman ive ever met in virtual life. the way you touches the readers heart, its magnificent. youre wonderful just the way you are. salam ukhuwah.. feel free to hop in my blog...
Luvbugagain.blogspot
Im forever traveler too! :)
cheers! <3
p/s: the istanbul picts are awesome!

hanafedora said...

Thank you lovely! I've taken a peek into your lovely blog and I'm sure you'll do great for your paper :) All the best!

Aimi Arsyida said...

Kak Hana just made me fall in love with Istanbul.

hanafedora said...

If you were there you'd fall in love even more!

hanafedora said...

Wish you were there :)

AyureQ said...

I should go here too!!! oh, checking my schedule and wallet .. *counting*counting* ok maybe 2-3 years from now.. LOL

hanafedora said...

LOL!!1 you're so bubbly!

Nurul Ain Abd Hadi said...

Assalammualaikum hana,

hana tak kenal kak ain tapi saya kenal hana dari adik saya. Adik saya, Nurul HAyat Abd HAdi, dia pernah satu sekolah ngan hana. It's ok if you don't remember her. I've been following your blog for almost a year now, cuma sekarang jer ada sikit masa nak tulis kat sini.

Banyak nak tulis tapi untuk hari ni, kak ain cuma nak meluahkan rasa bangga terhadap hana yang sanggup bertungkus lumus dalam usia muda untuk mendapatkan PHD. Bertambahlah lagi anak bangsa yang berjaya. Kak ain cuma ada degree dan untuk melanjutkan lagi ke peringkat master & PHD kena tunggu anak-anak besar. Kak ain berniaga dan bukan makan gaji sebab tu tak mampu buat 3 perkara dalam satu masa.

hana, kak ain ucapkan selamat maju jaya dalam kehidupan......kak ain puas melihat kematangan dan pencapaian hana dalam kehidupan....ianya membuka satu ruang contoh untuk kak ain didik anak-anak kak ain menjadi seperti hana atau lebih baik lagi..Jangan berhenti menulis blog ini ya dik, satu hari kak ain akan suruh anak-anak kak ain baca blog ni..by the way, i'm 38 with 3 kids.....until next time dear hana....thank you for this lovely blog....

minona amar said...

salam hana..
kamu da buat saya rindu sangat ngan Jordan n Egypt :((

huda.nordin said...

Beautiful pictures~ Great job kak hana! :D

NanieHussin said...

thank you for sharing this experience hana! really hope one day I have an opportunity to go there..InsyaAllah.

hanafedora said...

Thank you for the ever lovely lovely msg. I'm sure your kids will be great persons one day :) Insya'Allah. My best prayers are with you and your family. I couldn't be more flattered with this kind words of yours.

hanafedora said...

Insya'Allah you will :)

Laila said...

Salam!
I adore the pictures I want to go there :D My aunt was there and she told me it is a special city with amazing places to visit! It's a beautiful place, mashaAllah!
I see you enjoy your time there :D
Hugs!

mlle tqa said...

nice place. :)
i adore you, your life.especially your flawless face.hehe

mlle tqa said...

nice place. :)
i adore you, your life.especially your flawless face.hehe

Nurul Ain Abd Hadi said...

Assalammualaikum hana,

hana tak kenal kak ain tapi saya kenal hana dari adik saya. Adik saya, Nurul HAyat Abd HAdi, dia pernah satu sekolah ngan hana. It's ok if you don't remember her. I've been following your blog for almost a year now, cuma sekarang jer ada sikit masa nak tulis kat sini.

Banyak nak tulis tapi untuk hari ni, kak ain cuma nak meluahkan rasa bangga terhadap hana yang sanggup bertungkus lumus dalam usia muda untuk mendapatkan PHD. Bertambahlah lagi anak bangsa yang berjaya. Kak ain cuma ada degree dan untuk melanjutkan lagi ke peringkat master & PHD kena tunggu anak-anak besar. Kak ain berniaga dan bukan makan gaji sebab tu tak mampu buat 3 perkara dalam satu masa.

hana, kak ain ucapkan selamat maju jaya dalam kehidupan......kak ain puas melihat kematangan dan pencapaian hana dalam kehidupan....ianya membuka satu ruang contoh untuk kak ain didik anak-anak kak ain menjadi seperti hana atau lebih baik lagi..Jangan berhenti menulis blog ini ya dik, satu hari kak ain akan suruh anak-anak kak ain baca blog ni..by the way, i'm 38 with 3 kids.....until next time dear hana....thank you for this lovely blog....

Aimi Arsyida said...

Kak Hana just made me fall in love with Istanbul.

hanafedora said...

Thank you lovely! I've taken a peek into your lovely blog and I'm sure you'll do great for your paper :) All the best!

Farah Nadia said...

salam kak hana, i think youre such an amazing woman ive ever met in virtual life. the way you touches the readers heart, its magnificent. youre wonderful just the way you are. salam ukhuwah.. feel free to hop in my blog...
Luvbugagain.blogspot
Im forever traveler too! :)
cheers! <3
p/s: the istanbul picts are awesome!

Sweetscake81 said...

nice pic..like ur blog..

mastura azmi said...

cantiknya,

harap2 dapat juga singgah ke sana satu hari nanti..

salam perkenalan..

Faridah Zulkifli said...

kak hana! i'm ur new follower. I luv the way u deliver your idea thru your entries. u just simply write sincerely from the bottom of your heart! i enjoy reading your blog. keep on writing ya!

P.s: the pictures are so awesome! thumbs up!:)

NadHM said...

Salam,

you have lots of great pictures there. simply loving it.

SitiShukri said...

Love those two photos with so many birds in it. Lovely Hana. :)

ispeak malay said...

wahh. such a nice place, mashaAllah :)

Seyma said...

Even though my heritage is Turkish (my parents were born in Turkey and I was born in Australia) I am ashamed to say that I have only been to Turkey once and that was when I was 6 :( your post has renewed my determination to visit my other homeland and Inshallah it is now my new goal to visit Turkiye as soon as possible! thanx for a fab post!
Seyma
www.hijabrevival.blogspot.com

hanafedora said...

Salam Seyma, You're so lucky to have such beautiful country as your homeland. The people are so nice and the food OMG! I wish to visit turkey again one day. Insya'Allah. You should visit and enjoy to the fullest :)

kyo_9 said...

you sure did a good job writing about what we should expect upon visiting Istanbul.. before this, I ponder on visiting it alone but, after reading this entry, I think it would be wise for me to bring along my future-to-be wife on our honeymoon or something.. ahaks..

Salam 1 Malaysia!

Rafidahrahmat said...

hana.. aku slamani jd silent reader jek tp harini nk tulis something la.. i'm proud of u!!! xsangka kwn gonjeng mse sek dlu jd org hebat skrg.. wish u all d best.. miss u sooo much...

hanafedora said...

Thanks pidah. Aku still gonjeng macam dulu je. Hahaha!

kurbaa dldeşclde said...

hi.İm just see ur blog tonight and im suprised when i see your post about istanbul.cos im from turkey and live in istanbul.when i see my lovely hagia sohia mosque i realy suprised.its realy nice picture:)u and ur husband lokkn great. u told so nice things about istanbul.yeah istanbul is realy realy nice and beatiful city.i like live here,and history alsoo wonderful.hope u will come here again,and i will show you more beatiful places here.

hanafedora said...

I will come again to Tuekye one day... But maybe after my baby is born and big. Insya'Allah. Istanbul is very very beautiful! I love the people... but how do you access my blog? I thought Turkey block blogspot access?