Turkish Delight, Istanbul, Turkey

Turkish delight or lokum

The exact origin of these sweets is yet to be definitively determined; however, “lokum” comes from the Arabic Halkum or Al-Halkum. In the Arab World, Turkish delights are called rāḥat al-ḥulqūm which means “Throat Comfort””

Restaurant : Edebiyat Kiraathanesi

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g293974-d2525328-Reviews-Edebiyat_Kiraathanesi-Istanbul.html

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Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

“The Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı) in Istanbul is one of the largest covered markets in the world with 60 streets and 5,000 shops, and attracts between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily.

… A leisurely afternoon spent exploring the bazaar, sitting in one of the cafés and watching the crowds pass by, and bargaining for purchases is one of the best ways to recapture the romantic atmosphere of old Istanbul.”

http://www.grandbazaaristanbul.org/Grand_Bazaar_Istanbul.html

 

Bab-I Hayat Restaurant, Istanbul, Turkey

Nice decorated restaurant with traditional Ottoman’s foods

http://www.babihayat.com/

Turkish popular dessert – Künefe

Künefe is a crispy, cheese-filled dessert made with ‘kadayıf’ (kah-dah-YUF’). It’s served hot out of the oven so the cheese is soft and stringy.”

http://turkishfood.about.com/od/DessertsSweets/a/Turkish-k-unefe-Is-A-Hot-Cheesy-Dessert-From-The-Southeast.htm

 

Turkish Tea in Spice Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

“Turkish tea, called çay (pronounced Chai), is black tea which is consumed without milk, is produced on the eastern Black Sea coast, which has a mild climate with high precipitation and fertile soil.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_tea

“The Spice Bazaar (Turkish: Mısır Çarşısı, meaning Egyptian Bazaar) in Istanbul, Turkey is one of the largest bazaars in the city. Located in the Eminönü quarter of the Fatih district, it is the most famous covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spice_Bazaar,_Istanbul

 

Tulip Festival, Istanbul, Turkey

“Tulips Originated in Turkey, Not Holland

Tulips originally grew wild on the Asian steppes. Although tulips are associated with Holland, commercial cultivation of the tulip or lale (from the Persian word lâhle) began in the Ottoman Empire. For an elaborated tulip history, you can consult Wikipedia’s page on tulips.”

https://www.theistanbulinsider.com/dont-miss-the-international-istanbul-tulip-festival/

How to get there :

  • Step 1 : Take T1 tramway to terminal – Kabataş
  • Step 2 : Take 25E bus to Emirgan Park

 

Bosphorus Tour, Istanbul, Turkey

“The Bosphorus is a natural strait and internationally-significant waterway located in northwestern Turkey that forms part of the continental boundary between Europe and Asia, and separates Asian Turkey from European Turkey.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosphorus

Bosphorus Tour (by public ferry) :

 

Chora Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

“The mosaics and frescoes in the Chora are the most beautiful examples dating from the last period of the Byzantine painting (14th century). The characteristic stylistic elements in those mosaics and frescoes are the depth, the movements and plastic values of figures and the elongation of figures.

After continuing to serve as a church following the conquest of Istanbul in 1453, the building was converted into a mosque in 1511 by Vizier Hadim Ali Pasha. It was converted into a museum in 1945, and during the restoration in 1948-1959 carried out by the Byzantine Institute of America, the mosaics and frescoes were uncovered and brought to the daylight.”

http://www.choramuseum.com/chora-church/

Opening hours :

  • 9:00 – 19:00 from Apr 15
  • 9:00 – 17:00 from Oct 1

Admission fee :

  • 15 TL

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Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

“The Blue Mosque (Called Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish) is an historical mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design. Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 years, during the rule of Ahmed I … Besides still used as a mosque, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque has also become a popular tourist attraction in Istanbul.”

How to Visit Blue Mosque ?

http://www.bluemosque.co/