It’s like a dream.
Among a thousand footsteps. By the Bhosphorus. Byzantium. Constantinople. Romans. Ottomans. Sea as clear as sky; bluest of them all. Caves to live, Căy to sip, Simit to have. Red fez bent in prayer. The blue mosque.
Tracing along where Europe meets Asia. East meets West. Old meets new.
I am off to Turkey.
Friday, March 19, 2010
It’s like a dream.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Top 5 I plan to do in Istanbul
Eat (On top of my list, and why not?)
- Turkish coffee/ çay (tea): Me the caffeine addict
- Asure: Central sweetmeat in The Bastard of Istanbul
- Raki: Turkey's national drink, obviously I should try it
- Baklava: Don’t you know why?
- Turkish delight (Lokum): It’s called the ‘Turkish Viagra’ wink ;)
- Taksim and Isitklal Street: The party and food scene
- Boat cruise on the Bosphorus: Ah! romance
- Hamam: Public bath, who would have thought?
- Biking in Prince’s island
- The Grand Bazaar: Shopping orgy happening
- Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace: Best skyline on earth
- Whirling Dervishes: Ever since Jodha Akbar and Monsier Ibrahim
- Ottoman style houses
- Galata Bridge: It's apparently in the top 10 most beautiful bridges (There is a top 10 for everything!)
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
It is a countdown to my Turkey trip.
I have not read a guide book yet. It’s just the internet. So, roughly here is my plan.
20-22nd in Ephesus/ Selçuk/ Pamukkale/ Sirince
23rd-24th in Ürgüp/ Cappadocia
25th-28th in Istanbul
Of course, being me, I have added a lot more detail to each day and activity.
Turkey must be the epitome of East meets West – and that really excites me. How much Europeanism is really in them? Are women even a bit liberalized? Are there cobbled streets and lamp posts? And then the glorious food, shopping, hamams, dervishes.
I wonder, is it unsafe for women travelers? Being a Muslim country and all. That worries me a bit. Also, the weather, which in March is said to have a mind of it own – sometimes rainy, sometimes sunny, always cloudy.
Visas are being done. So, fingers crossed still. Till then lists being made.