So I am going to try to start a little thing – take me back Thursdays. I have a boatload of photos that we took from trips over the last several years that I never wrote about. Moving and job changes kept us busy. Now that we are finding our groove, I am feeling the desire to timehop thru our 29,000 photos to destinations that we have enjoyed. (side note: I think some clean up is needed in our iPhoto)
Nearly 3 years ago, we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with an amazing trip. First we met up with friends in Paris and stayed at the Renaissance Paris Vendome (impeccable location!), then we headed down to the Côte d’Azur to both Juans Les Pins and Cannes. The first part of our trip was incredible.
From France we headed to Istanbul on Turkish Airlines, which is a phenomenal airline that serves complete lunch on a short flight and sends you off with a Turkish Delight. We were impressed to say the least.
As we entered the airport just before customs, we learned that we had arrived at the pinnacle moment of Ramadan – right at the end. Whoops! You see this meant that we had to scrap most of our plans as the Grand Bazaar would be closed and most other monuments had wacky schedules.
Our hotel, the W Istanbul, was decent although the decorations that they put on our bed were over the top fun! Who has ever had read heart balloons on their bed? 🙂
The Turkish flag was flying high around Istanbul and we enjoyed learning from locals about the unrest. It was quite a bit different than what we had heard in the States. We were so impressed by the kindness of the Turkish people.
Cruising along the Bosphorus was amazing, it is such an incredible blue with stunning mansions and hotels all along the waterfront.
In addition to the great view, we had one of the best conversations that still makes us laugh to this day. We may have come up with a funny idea that may make its way to the web at some point as we have the domains, Insta handles, etc. And I mean come on, if can still make each other laugh 10 years in…..you must be doing something fun.
While overall Istanbul is not a place that we would rush to go back to as we have other favorites, it was a special time for us and I feel like it opened up our eyes again as most travel does to the fact that what we hear via the media or other places may not be exactly the truth.
Thinking of Istanbul and Turkey now that it is on a list that is not recommended for us to travel. Grateful for our time there.